1200 CALORIE DIET PLAN
Written by Diet Bites
Information & Recommendations, Low Calorie Dieting for Fat Loss Results
The 1200 Calorie Diet is too low in nutritional value to support the body's needs and may pose significant health risks, including death.
Because a 1200 calorie diet is too restrictive it should never be attempted without a doctor's supervision. Note how restrictive a 1200 calorie diet plan can be:
1200 CALORIE DIET FOOD GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS
The USDA recommends the following Food Group Servings based on a 1,200 calorie daily diet plan: Fruit Group - 1 cup | Grain Group - 4 ounces | Vegetable Group - 1 ½ cups | Proteins (whether vegetable proteins or animal proteins - milk, beans, nuts, etc.) - 3 ounces | Milk & Dairy - 2 cups | Oil - 4 teaspoons | Personal Discretionary Calories - 171 calories.
1 serving of whole grain cereal (110 calories)
Enjoy the other half of the banana OR 1 cup of strawberries. 1 Fruit Group Serving.
1 serving of deli ham (50 calories)
1 rice cake. 1 Grain Group Serving.
3 ounces of broiled salmon - To prepare, sprinkle with a little lemon pepper, then place in the oven until flaky.
Enjoy 3/4 cup of skim milk blended with 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit. 1 Fruit Group Serving. About 100 calories based on use of strawberries.
1200 CALORIE DIET IN SUMMARY
When the body doesn't receive the amount of calories it requires to function in a healthy manner, the metabolism works at a slower pace than normal. The result is a slower rate of weight loss.
When the dieter incorporates activity and exercise into their 1200 Calorie Diet, the body requires even more calories to properly function. While fat is pulled from storage out of the fat cells, a daily diet too restrictive isn't able to meet the needs of the body, therefore placing it at great risk for health issues.
Before starting on any 1200 Calorie Diet you should meet with your doctor to discuss your personal situation.