Example of a 1200 Calorie Diet
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1200 Kcals Too Restrictive in Energy Values
Below we've created an example eating plan for a 1200 Calorie Diet based on the above recommended minimal serving amounts from the Food Groups housed within the American Food Pyramid.
This eating plan is too restricted to efficiently provide all of the nutrients and vitamins necessary to support good health and should only be attempted under the direct supervision of a professional physician.
The 1200 Calorie Diet
Breakfast: Let's pull servings from the fruit, protein (meat and beans), grain and dairy groups:
1/2 cup of whole blueberries
A boiled egg contains the base amount of kcals and remains free of added fat such as found in the form of added margarine and butter that is often used in preparing eggs, particularly when they are scrambled.
Lunch Meal Plate: Now we'll select foods from the following groups: vegetable, grain, dairy, and protein.
3 ounces of pan roasted salmon
Steaming vegetables is a great way to keep them as low in caloric content as possible. Keep in mind that the longer they are exposed to heat, the more vitamins and minerals are lost amid the process.
Mid Afternoon Snack: 1 plum and a plain rice cake
Dinner Meal Plate: Let's complete our servings from the protein, grain and dairy group. We have satisfied our amounts from the vegetable group - and we'll complete the fruit group with our evening snack.
1/2 cup of Navy beans
Evening Snack: 1 peach plus 1/2 cup of reduced fat cottage cheese
While curbing back on the amount of caloric values in your daily eating plan will accomplish weight loss results, if the plan is too restricted then the level of health will be compromised.