Looking to try a 1200-calorie diet? Here's what you need to know.
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.
For your second meal of the day, aim for 300-350 calories. Your first option is a delicious tempeh sandwich, totaling 343 calories, it has avocado (for your dose of healthy fat), and comforting bread. While many people assume sandwiches are off-limits on a diet, the key is choosing the right bread and being mindful of calories. Kirkpatrick recommends flourless sprouted grain bread which only has 160 calories in two slices. If you're in the mood for chicken, you can try a wrap with a side of fruit for 344 calories. The combination of cheese and avocado will satisfy your craving for salty and creamy ingredients, all while filling your body with the right nutrients.