No one wants to slave over a hot stove in the summer especially on weekends, when a far more playful agenda kicks in. Our easy, minimal-cooking plan allows you to load up on extended-daylight fun and plenty of goodies from your farmers' market or garden without overloading on calories (the plan has about 1400 per day).
As a Web exclusive, we've included a bonus weekend plan so you can indulge (a little!) without sabotaging your success. The menus for Saturday and Sunday include fewer snacks to make way for a treat, whether it's a fast-food fix or glass of wine with dinner. Feel free to swap snack for snack during the week; on weekends, only the snacks that don't constitute breakfast, lunch, or dinner are interchangeable. Follow the plan for a month and you could lose up to eight pounds. Now, that's our idea of a treat.
Every day you can eat six snacks (about 180 calories each) and dinner (about 300 calories). Feel free to trade a snack for a snack. Dinners may be swapped with other dinners or (in an emergency) with two snacks.
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Recipes for Your 7-Day Food Plan
Monday and Wednesday: Honeydew & Lime Soup
Monday: Seared Scallops
Tuesday: Jerk-Seasoned Pork Loin Cutlets
Wednesday: Chipotle-Rubbed Shrimp Salad
Thursday: Southwest Chicken Wraps
Friday: Curried Chicken Salad
Freebies: Eat All You Want
Enjoy unlimited amounts of these veggies raw, steamed, or grilled (but without fat). They'll fill you up without breaking the calorie bank.