I'm always interested at how people lose weight. I have seen a lot of ways that work so there is not just one perfect plan. The important thing is to make sure you are eating enough, but not too much. Sixty percent of your diet should be carbs, 30 protein, and 10 fat. Here is my meal plan for Tuesday.
1 multi vitamin
1 fish oil (essential fatty acid)
1 packet of Crystal Light Energy (caffeine is a diuretic and boosts metabolism)
64+ oz water
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup milk
1 apple (I did a whole apple because I am nursing -- you can do 1/2 apple if you want fewer calories)
1 whole egg
1 egg white
approx 300 calories
1 apple (or eat the other half of your breakfast apple)
1 Atkins bar (I do Atkins bars because they are higher in protein and lower carbs than other snack bars -- plus they're yummy)
1 bowl of soup that I made with quinoa, carrots, celery, onion, and turkey.
1/4 cup cottage cheese
10 reduced fat Wheat Thins
approx 400 calories (usually I would save the cottage cheese and Wheat Thins for a snack but I was extra hungry)
1 serving peanut butter
approx 280 calories
turkey pot pie (homemade without butter -- yeah, we have a lot of turkey left)
approx 400 calories
2 servings Swiss cheese
2 kiwis (or whatever other fruit you want)
approx 200 calories
That's approximately 1840 calories. Everybody is different so use this as a guideline and add or subtract calories where necessary. With this meal day I kind of mixed two days because I think that I didn't eat enough on Monday so I had to up it Tuesday.
One problem that many people have is that they don't eat enough calories and their body jumps into starvation mode so they don't lose anything. When this started to happen with my clients I would up their calories by 200 and that seemed to work. It's also important to eat enough so that your body burns fat, not muscle.