This Is What a 1200-Calorie Meal Plan Looks Like

Looking to try a 1200-calorie diet? Here's what you need to know.

This Is What a 1200-Calorie Meal Plan Looks Like

By Reina Berger

Whether you are looking to jumpstart weight loss or you simply want to improve your health and wellness, a 1200-calorie meal plan is a great place to start. With the help of registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, you can choose from two different options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. As always, consult your doctor before starting any weight-loss plan to make sure it suits your needs. Once you get the hang of these food plans, you can mix and match different ingredients and come up with more meal inspiration to keep you from getting flavor fatigue. By eating well-balanced meals full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat, you will stay satisfied and avoid giving in to those pesky cravings.


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Breakfast

For your first meal of the day, try to stick to 250-300 calories. While eggs on their own may not be enough to hold you over, you can combine them with extra protein in the form of nuts, and a side of berries or banana slices. If you opt for the berries, your breakfast will total 233 calories and if you choose the banana, your breakfast will total 301 calories. Not craving eggs? You can make yourself a comforting, fiber-rich bowl of oats. Top the oatmeal with sliced almonds and blueberries for 302 calories and you'll stay full until lunchtime.

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Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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