| Our 1,350-calories-a-day diet, complete with healthy recipes, can help you lose weight fast. |
Wouldn't it be a dream if you could enjoy the best foods summer has to offer—and lose weight? You're in luck: Our indulgent mix-and-match meal plan features healthied-up versions of all your warm-weather faves (even burgers and lobster rolls!).
Couple this 1,350-calories-a-day diet with our workout plan, and you can shed up to 8 pounds (about one bathing suit size) in just two weeks. Get ready to eat, drink, and shrink.
| About 400 calories (choose one daily) |
Open-Faced Caprese Omelet
Bulk up your omelet with veggies and cut back on the eggs and cheese to net an almost 200-calorie save.
Whisk together 2 large eggs; gently cook on medium-low heat in 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil to make an open-faced omelet. Top evenly with 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese during cooking. Slide omelet onto a plate, and top with 1 sliced medium vine-ripened tomato. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with sea salt to taste, and garnish with 8 fresh basil leaves.
| By trading a bakery-size bagel for an English muffin, you'll slash 210 calories from your morning meal. |
Spread 1 tablespoon roasted almond butter onto each of 2 toasted whole-grain English muffin halves. Very thinly slice 1 nectarine and arrange on top; sprinkle with a pinch of ground ginger or cardamom.
| Use plain yogurt instead of a sugary one—and save up to 70 calories. |
Layer 6 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 2/3 cup granola mixed with 1/2 cup puffed wheat cereal, and 1 sliced peach.
| Need to eat on the fly? Swing by a restaurant drive-through and order 1 take-out egg sandwich (around 400 calories), such as Wendy's Artisan Egg Sandwich with Applewood Smoked Bacon. |
By choosing bacon instead of sausage, you're cutting more than 100 calories from your breakfast. Enjoy with 12 ounces unsweetened iced tea with 1 teaspoon sugar.
| About 400 calories (choose two daily) |
Turkey Cheeseburger With Guacamole
This stacked burger is piled high with veggies and is half the calories of a regular one.
Grill or pan-grill 1 small (3-ounce, about 93% lean) ground turkey patty; sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve on 1 grilled whole-grain bun smeared with 1 1/2 table-spoons guacamole and topped with a 3/4-ounce slice of sharp cheddar cheese, 2 large red onion slices, 3 large heirloom or beefsteak tomato slices, and 2/3 cup packed baby salad greens. Serve burger with an additional cup packed extra baby greens, splashed with champagne vinegar.
| Mixing pasta with veggies and pesto saves about 400 calories, versus digging into a heavy Alfredo entree. |
Toss 1 1/3 cups cooked (2 ounces dry) whole-wheat or spinach linguine with 2 tablespoons each of the pasta cooking liquid and basil pesto Then mix with 1 cup thinly sliced red, orange, and yellow bell peppers; half of a small, very thinly sliced (crosswise) Serrano pepper; and sea salt to taste.
| To choose rolls wisely, steer clear of words like "tempura" and "spicy"—these cooking preparations can easily double your calorie count. |
Have 1 tuna roll and 1 avocado roll, served with 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Enjoy with 1 side seaweed salad.
| Sink your teeth into this leaner poultry frank—it has 150 fewer calories than the typical dressed-up dog. |
Spread 2 teaspoons mustard on 1 whole-wheat hot dog bun; top with 2 tablespoons drained sweet pickle relish and 1 grilled or boiled organic uncured chicken or meatless hot dog. Add 2 sliced cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons minced sweet onion, 1 tablespoon minced green bell pepper or bok choy, and a dash of celery salt. Serve with 1/2 cup store-bought potato salad.
| Made with a tortilla instead of a buttered bun and with a lightened-up mayo mixture, our version of the typical lobster roll is 300-plus calories lighter. |
Top 1 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortilla with fresh lobster salad: 2/3 cup cooked, chilled lobster meat, 1 tablespoon each mayo and fat-free plain Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon, 1/8 teaspoon each hot-pepper sauce and grated lemon zest, and a pinch each of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top with 3/4 cup sliced Boston lettuce or other leafy greens, and roll up. Eat with 1 cup red bell pepper strips or zucchini slices, raw or grilled.
| The ultimate girlfriends' summer lunch out—have a skinny version (430 calories less than usual) together outside. |
Top 3 cups packed mesclun with 2/3 cup each sliced unpeeled English cucumber and grape tomatoes; 3 ounces grilled seasoned chicken breast strips; 3 tablespoons each thin strips sundried tomatoes (rehydrated) and crumbled feta cheese; and 1 tablespoon pan-toasted pine nuts. For dressing: Whisk together 3 tablespoons hummus, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
| Instead of picking deep-dish, order up 2 medium slices of regular cheese pizza (or heat a 400-calorie portion of your favorite frozen one like Amy's Kitchen Cheese Pizza)—and save 150 calories. |
Then fab up the pizza with your favorite seasonal veggies, such as 1/2 cup each sliced baby bella mushrooms and fresh baby spinach or arugula; sprinkle with Italian seasoning or truffle sea salt to taste.
| About 150 calories (choose one daily) |
Endive Boats With Baba Ganoush
Swap potato chips and French onion dip for this refreshing and low-cal snack.
Fill spears from 1 head Belgian endive with 2 tablespoons store-bought all-natural baba ganoush. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Free anytime snack
2 cups raw (or 1 cup cooked) veggies; season with ground black pepper and sea salt to taste.
| Snack on this instead of apple pie—and save 250 calories. |
Core and halve 1 medium apple; cut each half into 6 wedges, and grill over direct medium heat until rich grill marks form (about 6 minutes per side). Microwave on high until fully softened (about 1 minute).
Top with 3 tablespoons fat-free or low-fat vanilla yogurt, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs and a pinch of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
| Indulge in this skinny app plus drink pairing. |
Enjoy 10 large shrimp and 1 1/2 tablespoons cocktail sauce while sipping 3 ounces prosecco.
Red Grape and Aged Goat Cheese Skewers Nosh on this instead of crackers and Brie for a 150-calorie save.
Start with 15 red seedless grapes and 1 ounce aged goat cheese. Slide 5 grapes onto each of 3 bamboo skewers; top each with a 1/3-ounce piece of cheese.
| It's summer happy hour made light! |
Toss together 1 cup air-popped popcorn with 12 pistachios; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Then mix up this cocktail: 2 tablespoons chilled 80-proof mango or lemon vodka, 3 tablespoons mango nectar, and 6 tablespoons sparkling lemon or lime water.
| Trim 500 calories from the typical sundae with this petite version. |
Top 4 mini scoops (2 tablespoons each, or 1/2 cup total) 98% fat-free chocolate ice cream or low-fat frozen yogurt with 2 teaspoons finely chopped semisweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips. Dust with 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder, and top with 1 tablespoon whipped cream. Garnish with 3 or 4 small fresh mint sprigs.