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The Promise

A fast-approaching high school reunion could have you doing a gut check -- literally. This diet promises to help you look great and lose weight so you can wow your former classmates.

The man behind the plan is dermatologist David Colbert, MD. He says you'll eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish to not only lose weight but feel satisfied as you work toward your weight loss goal.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

Your plate on the High School Reunion Diet will most often have a mix of the following:

  • Vegetables: The more on your plate (or for snacking), the better. Veggies are rich in nutrients and low in calories, so they’re a go-to hunger satisfier.
  • Beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds: They're high in protein and filling fiber.
  • Fruit: Opt for whole fruits, not fruit juice, so you benefit from the fiber.
  • Fish, poultry, and lean meat: Limit portion sizes of these healthy proteins by making meat the side dish to your vegetables.
  • Dairy products: Choose plain yogurt over flavored to avoid extra sugar. Low-fat cheeses and yogurts are OK.
  • Whole grains: These include 100% whole wheat, barley, brown rice, and steel-cut oatmeal.

You'll need to avoid processed foods like prepackaged snacks and white bread. Soda (even diet soda), energy drinks, lemonade, and iced tea are also out. Your everyday drink staple is water.

Red wine is fine in moderation, but avoid beer and hard liquor.

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