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How do you follow the oatmeal diet plan?

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The oatmeal diet is a five-week diet plan that replaces one or more meals per day with oatmeal while restricting calories. When following the oatmeal diet, the most difficult challenge is preventing the monotonous meals from causing boredom and binging. To increase the chances of completing the oatmeal diet, add fruit, flaxseed, nuts, dried fruit and small amounts of natural sweeteners to the oatmeal.

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The oatmeal diet is split into three phases. During the first week, dieters eat nothing but oatmeal, combined with a small cup of skim milk if desired. Instant oatmeal is not permitted during this phase. Calorie intake should be between 900 to 1,200 calories. During phase two, dieters spend another four weeks eating nothing but oatmeal for meals, but instant oatmeal and snacks of fruit and raw vegetables are permitted. The calorie intake during this phase should be between 1,000 to 1,300 calories. After the first two phases are complete, dieters return to their normal diets but continue to substitute one meal and one snack with oatmeal.

Instant oatmeal usually comes presweetened and has less fiber than traditional whole oatmeal, making it a less-popular option among dieters. However, instant oatmeal is faster to prepare and comes in a wide variety of flavors.

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