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July 23, 2013 1:29 PM
Was looking for ideas on meals to keep within the 1200 calories per day.
Thanks
  46304068
July 23, 2013 2:09 PM
http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_meal_plans/weight_loss_diet_meal_plan?pC=1200&pT=diet&pD=1
  44911767
July 23, 2013 2:13 PM
Don't do it...1200 calories is a bad idea. And that's why you aren't getting replies
July 23, 2013 2:15 PM
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  43030616
July 23, 2013 2:16 PM
I have an idea. don't do it. any body who thinks that dieting is about fasting just doesn't get the purpose of this site. get some education and start eating right.
  42573002
July 23, 2013 2:29 PM
My diary's open and I eat 1230 calories/day, if you want to check it out. I do lots of omelettes or scrambled eggs for breakfast, big salads with protein (usually fish) or roasted fish or chicken with veggies for lunch, and save the rest of my calories for dinner and snacks.

I use the recipe builder a lot so if you see anything that you want to try that doesn't have all the ingredients listed, message me and I'll send you the recipe :)
Edited by kickery On July 23, 2013 2:31 PM
July 23, 2013 2:30 PM
My typical day...

B: 2 hard boiled egg and a tbsp of real mayo -230 c OR
1 scrambled egg and 2 slices bacon - around 200c OR
1 egg and 1 medium avocado - around 300c

L: Chipotle salad with steak, lettuce, pico and guacamole - 370c OR
any salad with veggie & protein - 300-400c

D: Marinated flank steak (4 oz) and a side veggie - around 250-300c (depending on your veggie)

Snacks: Dehydrated (not dried) fruit from Costco - 35c a pack
Gluten free toaster pastry - 160c
Small piece of fruit - apple, nectarine or peach 55-60c
Air popped popcorn - 31c per cup


These are just some examples. My food diary is open to friends so if you want to friend me you can check it out! I also exercise whenever I can and I eat my exercise calories on those days, which may allow me another 200-400c. I usually use those at the end of the day or if I want a treat/extra calories earlier in the day, I make sure I do something to work it off.
July 23, 2013 2:49 PM
I didn't ask for peoples food plans. I asked for help on not feeling like I'm about to blow from so much dang food in my stomach.
July 23, 2013 2:51 PM
QUOTE:

I didn't ask for peoples food plans. I asked for help on not feeling like I'm about to blow from so much dang food in my stomach.


I was responding to the OP. And the OP didn't ask whether or not she should do it. She asked HOW to do it.
July 23, 2013 3:08 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I didn't ask for peoples food plans. I asked for help on not feeling like I'm about to blow from so much dang food in my stomach.


I was responding to the OP. And the OP didn't ask whether or not she should do it. She asked HOW to do it.


Holy crap I went to my topics and thought I was on my last post..
I feel like an a** now!! I'm sorry!
Ignore me : )
July 23, 2013 3:15 PM
Vegetables are your friend.
  22940408
July 23, 2013 3:55 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I didn't ask for peoples food plans. I asked for help on not feeling like I'm about to blow from so much dang food in my stomach.


I was responding to the OP. And the OP didn't ask whether or not she should do it. She asked HOW to do it.


Holy crap I went to my topics and thought I was on my last post..
I feel like an a** now!! I'm sorry!
Ignore me : )


haha - no worries!
July 23, 2013 4:04 PM
StacyReneO-I like the way your food plan sounds... Good job!
Edited by ferra11 On July 23, 2013 4:05 PM
  45459051
July 24, 2013 5:38 AM
For those saying don't do 1200, it's starvation, don't seem to know what you're talking about it. 1200-1500 is a respectable range for some women that have more sedentary lives. I'm on 800 by my doctor's orders (trying to figure out and mend a digestive disorder) and as long as I reach my macros set by him and my nutritionist and don't over exercise I'm fine.

I learned to be more than satisfied on my low cal plan. Last night I made spinach lasagna rolls (for recipe google spinach lasagna rolls skinny taste) and had a large salad with it. My dinner was around 250 calories.

For eating lower its all about portion control for higher calorie foods and supplementing the less food on your plate with lower calories foods. For example, I used to eat with my plate being mostly covered by the main meal/dish/entree, and then veggies or fruits on the side. I just swapped those and I'm getting roughly the same amount of food for less calories and higher nutrition.
  16148943
July 24, 2013 5:58 AM
QUOTE:

I have an idea. don't do it. any body who thinks that dieting is about fasting just doesn't get the purpose of this site. get some education and start eating right.
  37798845
July 24, 2013 6:03 AM
well you have to start somewhere... I have just realized I wasn't eating right (Too much Proteins, too little carbs..) having a hard time to even reach 1200 calories.. no intention of fasting noway It's just a hell of a lot when you cut out bad carbs, sugar & alcohol etc
  37798845
July 24, 2013 6:06 AM
Plenty fruits, veggies, whole grains and when you eat meat do lean meats, and small portions.
  44797573
July 24, 2013 6:07 AM
QUOTE:

For those saying don't do 1200, it's starvation, don't seem to know what you're talking about it. 1200-1500 is a respectable range for some women that have more sedentary lives. I'm on 800 by my doctor's orders (trying to figure out and mend a digestive disorder) and as long as I reach my macros set by him and my nutritionist and don't over exercise I'm fine.

I learned to be more than satisfied on my low cal plan. Last night I made spinach lasagna rolls (for recipe google spinach lasagna rolls skinny taste) and had a large salad with it. My dinner was around 250 calories.

For eating lower its all about portion control for higher calorie foods and supplementing the less food on your plate with lower calories foods. For example, I used to eat with my plate being mostly covered by the main meal/dish/entree, and then veggies or fruits on the side. I just swapped those and I'm getting roughly the same amount of food for less calories and higher nutrition.


^ that's how I started.
  47051815
July 24, 2013 6:10 AM
And you can look at my food journal too. I do a 1490 cal max per day. But also watch bc I do cardio about 4 dars a week. So even though my day may say 1300 that day could be 1600 because I may have burned 300 doing cardio.
  44797573
July 24, 2013 6:11 AM
start by figuring out how many meals/snacks you want a day - what fits into your lifestyle.
then allocate the calories - let's say 100 per snack X 3 snacks, leaves you with ~300 per meal. it's not impossible - stick with larger portions of non-starchy vegetables (both fresh salads and cooked/steamed/roasted) such as lettuce, greens, tomato, cucumber, peppers, brocolli etc, and smaller portions of healthy/lean proteins and carbs like chicken breast, eggs, turkey, lean beef,fish, beans/lentils and whole grain pasta/bread/rice etc . use a kitchen scale - you may be surprised at how many calories are in a cup of pasta...

reduce or eliminate empty calories - sugared drinks, battered/fried foods, etc but do find a way to "treat" yourself to things that you like just at lower portions.
  44333117
July 24, 2013 6:18 AM
I've recently started transitioning to a whole foods, plant based diet and it's a struggle to even get to 1,200 calories a day. Since I'm in maintenance I'm trying to get in around 2,000 a day, so I'm having some trouble figuring out how to get more calories in-whole foods are very filling and are very low calories!

Today I'm having a BIG green smoothie (kale, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, banana and plain yogurt), oatmeal with raisins, a large taco salad with flax seed instead of ground beef, 2 ears of sweet corn with butter, more blueberries and then sauteed mushrooms. My total calories for the day are 1,382. I added the oatmeal and raisins just to get my calories up.

Focus on veggies and fruit as your main source of food and you'll easily be able to stay around 1,200 calories :)
Edited by SJVZEE On July 24, 2013 6:52 AM
July 24, 2013 6:18 AM
You can check my diary if you want. It's usually good. Weekends I tend to run wild, but Monday to Friday is usually 1200.


Breakfast I have an omelette or steel cut oats. A protein and veggies or something light at lunch. Dinner is a lean protein and veggies again. Shake after working out or before bed. It's pretty easy.
  11458686
July 24, 2013 6:20 AM
I am at 1200 calories a day. Every site i have gone to puts me at 1200, any more and i gain weight.

My diary is open if you want to peek (not that i am all that healthy but i do try)
July 24, 2013 6:30 AM
Did you set your own goals at 1200 calories, or did MFP or someone else do it? I've been very happy with successes based on MFP setting goals for me. I started above 1200 calories based on their advice and have gradually dropped weight, thus earning less calories so that I'm now at 1200, too. If I want to eat more, I can earn the food by exercising more and I've never felt deprived since I started this. I think feeling deprived is bad for success because it leads to quitting.

If your former diet was basically healthy, but too high calorie, you can still eat most of your old favorites by tweeking the recipes and using portion control to keep your calorie count where you want it. If you need to learn more healthful habits, there is a lot of support here from MPF itself and from other users. Some people are abstainers who have to give up certain foods completely to be able to meet calorie goals. Others, like myself, are moderators. I've accomplished miracles in my life with portion control. Get a good food scale and disher/servers so that you can measure your portions and know for sure how much you're eating. I love the option of earning more food through exercise, or paying myself back for a little indulgence with exercise. I now habitually eat back part of my exercise calories, but not all of them.

Last advice: DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST. It leads to later binging.
  30881843
July 24, 2013 6:32 AM
Try http://www.eatthismuch.com/
You can enter a calorie amount and # of meals and it will give you foods that fit those numbers and other parameters you can set.

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