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Comfort Food Diet

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Yes, it is possible to lose weight on diet which includes burgers, potatoes and chocolate! Nutritionist Monica Grenfell shows you how to lose weight while still enjoying your favourite comfort foods

Monica says:
Does your diet hit the skids because salads and veg just don't do it for you? Do you think comfort food such as mashed potato, rice pudding and biscuits are fattening and off limits?

Well, it's not true. Anybody can get slim on a diet of comfort foods because the trick is to count calories.

This diet is well under your 2,000 recommended calories a day, so you'll lose weight enjoying foods you've always thought of as 'bad'.

There's no such thing as a fattening food, just a fattening diet if you eat too much of anything. So get eating - and start slimming!

Allowances:
- 112g butter a week (ration it yourself)
- 1 pint skimmed milk per day
- As much water and tea as you want
- No more than 4 cups of coffee a day

7-day meal plan

Day 1
Breakfast: 200 cals
- 30g porridge oats microwaved with water for 2 mins, with either 1 tbsp creme fraiche OR 1 tbsp single cream and 1 dsp honey OR 1 dsp brown sugar
Mid-morning snack: 190 cals
- 1 apple, 2 Bourbon biscuits
Lunch: 400 cals
- 300ml cream of tomato soup OR thick vegetable soup, 1 crusty roll
- 1 kiwi fruit, 6 red grapes
Afternoon snack: 150 cals
- Cup of plain popcorn or packet of vegetable crisps
Dinner: 585 cals
- 1 small serving (210g) home-made cottage pie(made with lean beef, drained, no added fat), with 2 tbsp each of any three different vegetables
- 1 scoop ice cream, 1 tbsp chocolate sauce
- Coffee, 2 After Eight mints
Daily total: 1,525 calories

Day 2
Breakfast: 300 cals
- 2 frozen multigrain waffles toasted, 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 medium mango, peeled and sliced, 2 tbsp blueberries
Mid-morning snack: 190 cals
- 2 chocolate digestives, 1 apple
Lunch: 365 cals
- 50g cheese or ½ tin baked beans on 1 slice toast
- Fresh fruit salad
Afternoon snack: 190 cals
- Tea, 2 HobNobs
Dinner: 585 cals
- 1 small serving (210g) beef casserole, 100g chips, side salad OR vegetable curry, 4 tbsp rice, salad
- Baked apple stuffed with 1tbsp sultanas, and served with 1 tbsp custard
Daily total: 1,630 calories

Day 3
Breakfast: 210 cals
- 2 Weetabix or Shredded Wheat with hot milk and 1 tsp sugar
Mid-morning snack: 130 cals
- 1 orange, 2 custard creams
Lunch: 300 cals
- BLT sandwich (2 slices bread, 2 rashers bacon, 4 slices tomato, shredded lettuce, 1 tsp mayonnaise)
- 1 apple
Afternoon snack: 170 cals
- 1oz almonds OR 1oz peanuts
Dinner: 585 cals
- 2 low-fat sausages, grilled, 3 tbsp mashed potato, 2 tbsp peas OR 1tbsp low-salt baked beans, gravy OR ¼ pepperoni pizza, mixed salad
- 2 chocolate sandwich biscuits OR 4 gingersnaps
Daily total: 1,395 calories

Day 4
Breakfast: 200 cals
- 1 serving porridge (as on Day 1)
Mid-morning snack: 170 cals
- 1 carton plain low-fat yogurt, 1 chocolate digestive biscuit
Lunch: 610 cals
- Ploughman's made with 2oz cheese, 1 tbsp pickle, salad, 1 crispy baguette
- 1 apple
Afternoon snack: 30 cals
- Small bunch red grapes
Dinner: 555 cals
- Small portion (210g) fish pie (cod, prawns etc. in parsley sauce topped with mashed potato), 2 tsp broccoli, 2 tsp carrots
- Small serving rice pudding (2tbsp rice and 1 pint milk baked in oven at Gas 4 for 2 hours)
Daily total: 1,565 calories

Day 5
Breakfast: 115 cals
- Small bowl grapefruit segments, 6 tinned prunes
- 2 slices wholegrain toast with butter and marmalade
Mid-morning snack: 110 cals
- 1 apple, 3 Brazil nuts
Lunch: 370 cals
- 300ml chicken or lentil soup, 1 crusty roll
- 1oz chocolate
Afternoon snack: 190 cals
- 30g cheese, 3 crackers
Dinner: 568 cals
- 210g chilli con carne (made with lean beef, drained, no added fat) in tortilla wrap, side salad, OR 210g chilli con carne with 3 tbsp rice, side salad
- 1 small slice cheesecake or chocolate mousse
Daily total: 1,553 calories

Day 6
Breakfast: 290 cals
- 1 serving muesli with 100ml skimmed milk and 1 medium banana, sliced
Mid-morning snack: 190 cals
- 1 apple, 2 bourbon biscuits
Lunch: 320 cals
- 8oz baked potato filled with 1 tbsp low-fat soft cheese, 1 tbsp sweetcorn, salad
- 12 seedless red grapes
Afternoon snack: 60 cals
- Cup of low-fat instant hot chocolate drink
Dinner: 445 cals
- 1 veggie burger on 2 slices wholewheat bread, 2 slices tomato, lettuce, 2 tsp ketchup OR beef burger in bun, small portion (100g) chips, 2tsp coleslaw, salad
- Fresh fruit salad with 1 scoop ice cream
Daily total: 1,305 calories

Day 7
Breakfast: 185 cals
- Grilled bacon sandwich made with 2 rashers bacon
Mid-morning snack: 190 cals
- 1 apple, 1 Penguin biscuit
Lunch or dinner: 775 cals
- 3 slices roast chicken, beef or lamb, 3 roast potatoes, 2 tbsp each of any three different vegetables, gravy
- Small portion apple pie, 1 tbsp custard
Tea or lunch: 370 cals
- Cheese or beans on toast (as on Day 2) OR 300ml thick tomato soup, 1 crusty roll OR 2 scones with creme fraiche and 2tsp low-sugar raspberry or strawberry jam, fresh fruit salad
Daily total: 1,500 calories

Where to next?
Find your right diet style
The chocolate and wine lover's diet

Continued below...


Recipes to try:
Healthy cottage pie 

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