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1700 Calorie Diet & Meal Plan Menu

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Dieters on this plan will need to include the following serving recommendations from the Food Groups: 1.5 cups of fruit, 2.5 cups of vegetables - and don't forget the orange, yellow and leafy greens, about 6 ounces of grains, and 5 ounces of proteins, 3 cups from the Milk group and about 5 teaspoons of oil.

Keep in mind that on any diet you should have a few calories to play with - so that you can enjoy the foods that you like most; for the 1,700 calorie diet plan there are about 195 to play with.

While it's tempting to add a small wedge of chocolate cake, if you're wanting cake then perhaps sponge cake will do - and you'll have only used one-half of your discretionary calories. You can use the other 100 to add sliced fruit and reduced fat whipped cream.

Making little changes can deliver substantial weight loss results; the next time that you're wanting a particular food - like the cake, think about which food you could eat that would still satisfy that particular craving, for less caloric values. Another example is potato chips; this is a salty craving. Perhaps a dill pickle would work? That would save quite a few calories.

Diet Breakfast Menu

English Muffin, Banana, Skim Milk

1 English Muffin (140 calories)

Margarine or butter (60 calories worth)

1 small banana (90 calories)

1 cup of skim milk (90 calories)

Opting for a whole grain English Muffin will increase the nutritional values.

Morning Snack

1 fresh apple

Diet Lunch Menu

Ravioli, Crusty Italian Bread, Salad

1 cup of Chef Boyardee Ravioli (224 calories and contains 2 servings of vegetables to boot!)

1 chunk of crusty Italian bread OR any grain choice up to 150 calories

1 side salad consisting of the following: 2 cups of shredded lettuce (any variety), 1 chopped plum tomato, chopped onion (optional), 1 sliced small cucumber, 1 Tablespoon of grated cheese + 60 calories worth of salad dressing, any variety.

margarine (60 calories worth) for the bread

Afternoon Snack

1 cup of blueberries

Diet Dinner Menu

Cheeseburger & Beans

1 small whole grain hamburger bun (130 calories)

3 ounces of extra lean hamburger meat (140 calories)

1 slice of low fat mozzarella cheese (60 calories)

Lettuce, Tomato Slices, Pickles, Onion Slices

Miracle Whip Light OR Mustard

1/2 cup of baked beans (140 calories)

Prepare ground beef and cook until juices run clear. Top with cheese. Transfer to warm bun. Add spread and vegetables. Enjoy with baked beans.

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