This Is What a Perfect Day of Eating Looks Like

According to one of the world's top plastic surgeons.

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Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Richard Ellenbogen, M.D., sculpts perfection into other people's bodies, but for a while he was no great example to his patients. "My weight has been a fight for me for my entire life," says Dr. Ellenbogen. That all changed when a patient told him about Fresh Dining. The Southern California–based company brings three packaged meals, a snack, and a dessert to your door every morning. And we're not talking rabbit food: "I'm eating a frittata for breakfast, a Greek salad for lunch, and grilled buffalo steak for dinner," says Dr. Ellenbogen. He shed 35 pounds within two months of starting the plan, downsizing from 206 to 171.

There's little leeway regarding the menu (all clients receive the same meals), but the diet works because the nutrients are prebalanced and the meals are preportioned, says registered dietitian Meg Moreta, who helped develop the menu. If carbohydrate-rich pancakes are served for breakfast, for example, low-fat meat and vegetables fill out dinner, and dessert is kept bite size.

Even so, Dr. Ellenbogen never finds himself hungry; the foods are high in fiber, whole grains, and lean proteins, all of which burn slow to keep him full longer. Of course, there's no eating out (doing so will negate his dieting efforts). The other adjustment? "I had to get rid of half my clothes because they were too big," says Dr. Ellenbogen. For more healthy eating tips, check out the Single Best Way to Boost Your Metabolism Everyday.

Breakfast 6:00 a.m.

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2 blueberry pancakes (made with yogurt instead of butter)
2 slices turkey bacon
8 ounces water
8 ounces black coffee with artificial sweetener

Snack 10:30 a.m.

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1 Granny Smith apple with 2 tablespoons soy nut butter
8 ounces water

Lunch 12:00 p.m.

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Thai vegetable chicken salad with carrots, snap peas, bamboo shoots, romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, rice noodles, and cashews, with canola oil and citrus dressing
8 ounces water

Snack 2:30 p.m.

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Small handful of red grapes (approximately 17)
8 ounces water

Dinner 6:00 p.m.

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Cajun salmon
Steamed lima beans and squash
8 ounces water

Dessert 7:00 p.m.

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2-ounce berry cobbler square

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