As the name indicates, this diet is based on adding tomatoes, in different forms, to the daily diet. Tomatoes are high in water content and fiber, so they will fill you up quickly. While they have no magical fat-burning properties, they do contain tons of nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium. The tomato diet is easy to follow, healthy and filling.
Find creative ways to use tomatoes in all your meals. Sliced tomatoes can be combined with cottage cheese or brushed with olive oil as a snack or breakfast. They can also be added to whole wheat pasta, brown rice or other meals instead of using canned tomato paste, which often contains sugar.
Make a large batch of tomato sauce and keep it in the fridge. It's great cold (in summer) or hot. To prepare it, mix a pound of sliced tomatoes with a sliced onion and spices (choose the ones you prefer, although basil is the most popular in tomato soups) and a tablespoon of olive oil. Put everything in a pan or pot on low heat and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. You don't need to add water.
Switch to whole wheat or rye bread for your morning toast. Instead of using a slice of cheese or butter, place a tomato slice and some herbs on top of the bread. Or you can add slices of tomato to a wrap or sandwich in addition to other veggies. The more vegetables you use in your meals, the better, as the fiber content will increase.
Have a cup of tomato soup mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when you get hungry. Because of its thickness, the soup will be filling without being high in calories. You can add a slice of whole grain bread to the meal to make it a larger, heavier meal, such as lunch.
Don't forget to drink enough water. Water is essential to any weight loss plan because it flushes toxins out of the body, keeps you feeling full and fights hunger. Eight to ten glasses a day should be enough, although you should add an additional one for each cup of coffee you drink, as caffeine dehydrates.
Things You'll Need
1 lb. fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil