1200 Calorie Diet & Meal Plan Menu for Weight Loss
Free 1200 Calorie Diet
Written by Diet Bites
A daily diet consisting of 1200 calories or less should be only attempted after the approval of your professional health care giver because nutritional needs will be almost impossible to meet.
A diet consisting of 1200 calories or less is generally recommended when drastic action must be taken to improve existing health issues where weight may pose a threat to life itself. 1200 calorie diets, or diets that are even more restricted in calories may also be recommended so that necessary surgeries and preventative care can be administered.
Diet Bites free 1200 Calorie Diet and Meal Plan below should be used for informational and educational purposes only. Again, you should always get your doctor's approval before starting any calorie-restricted diet plan.
Rather than suffering severe hunger pains and risk going off a diet that is so low in calories - including a 1200 calorie diet plan, Diet Bites recommends a healthier approach.
Simply determine your personal calorie (energy) needs based on your recommended weight. You can use the weight charts at Diet Bites as a pattern in setting your goal weight. Next, simply stick to a daily diet consisting of the recommended calories that can be calculated using this Diet Bites link. Be sure to chose from all the food groups contained in the Food Pyramid.
This menu can be used when dieting - IF about 200 more calories are added to the plan and if the dieter has a nominal amount of weight to lose.
Note that the beverages that go with the meals are zero calories and are in the form of diet drinks, tea, coffee or water.
The 1200 Calorie Diet Menus
Enjoy water and zero calorie beverages freely.
Breakfast Meal Plate
Warm Cereal and Raisins
Keep in mind that raisins are simply dried grapes - which in their natural state contain the same number of calories - about two each.
However, take note that the raisin has been shriveled amid the dehydration process and has added sugar. Raisins are a healthy food choice for the diet but grapes in their natural state make a healthier choice. But they sure don't taste as good as raisins where warm cereal is involved. In fact, I can't even imagine putting whole fresh grapes into my warm cereal - but the raisins work fantastically!
Morning Snack - a Skinny Shake
Use about 3/4 cup of reduced fat milk and blend it with 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit; add a shot of flavoring extracts in your wish for added flavor.
Lunch Meal Plate
Sandwich, Fresh Fruit
Fresh vegetables that are low in caloric values can be added to the sandwich and include leafy greens, tomato, onion, cucumber and sliced mushrooms.
When it comes to the sandwich spread, mustard is the best choice based on 5 calories per serving and it adds a lot of flavor.
2 apricots for about 35 calories will add nutritional values to this meal plate.
A healthy serving of low fat yogurt containing fruit.
Dinner Meal Plate
Mexican Fiesta - The ingredient list is as follows and will be sued to create a delicious gourmet-type burritos:
1/2 cup of black, red or pinto beans
Simply warm flour tortillas and beans. Fill tortillas with beans, cheese and sour cream. You may also add the cooked rice if desired, or serve it on the side. Roll the flour tortillas and enjoy. You may also use all the salsa you wish, or you may opt for jarred cheese sauce found in the chip section at your local market which contains about 40-50 calories per serving (2 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup).
1 cup of whole strawberries (46 calories)
Nutritional Data - 1200 Calorie Diet & Meal Plan
Our example of a 1200 Calories Diet contains the following food group serving amounts: 3 Servings from the Fruit Group, 5 Servings from the Grain Group, 2 Servings from the Vegetable Group, 4 Servings from the Dairy Group and 2 Servings from the Meat & Bean Group.