EatingWell 7-Day Meal Plan Help

How to choose the right calorie level for your 7-day meal plans.

"To anonymous who said "ome one is not proof reading this article. I weight 131x12= 1,572 if I subtract 1,000 as it states I would be eating 572 calories this is not correct. I was taught your weight times 10 to loose weight and times 12...

So if my husband is 5'10 and weighs 170 he sould eat only 1200 cal?? Come is is not correct.


01/14/2013 - 4:13pm

I've been to WH and WebMD to see what my caloric intake should be to lose about one to two lbs a week (target weight loss...40lbs. by my 56th birthday in June). BOTH suggest the 1200 cal diet. Granted, I'm not very active and making our king-sized bed can rev up my circulation, as does sweeping our 4bd-home (all wood floors), but...the caloric intake does feel restrictive. I understand though, that I am used to eating when the mood hits and whatever is in sight, so I've been journaling what I eat, which has helped me to lose 2lbs in my second week (going on my third as I write first week was an exercise in HORROR...I had NO idea I was eating so much!!). I'm also a reactive hypoglycemic, so eating the six meals as suggested supports that part of being RH in keeping my blood sugar levels balanced, but what do I do when I DO exercise (yoga, for instance?) How do I compensate calorically, for increased activity so I'm not sabotaging my progress by eating the wrong foods, or eating larger portions because I'm famished?

Many health e-mags are Terrific when it comes to suggesting meal plans or exercise plans, but I would love to see WH start pairing up these wonderful WH meal plans with exercise/activity routines AS A RULE and maybe supplement/alter these various plans regularly to head off boredom in both meals and activity. WH could insert (as reminders or added info) past articles on how to get a good nights sleep, find the proper exercise bra, and the like as a part of these Diet/Activity plans...

I know that there are coaches on other health websites...for a price, and if you're not a body builder, or some such, it's not easy to find meal plans paired with the appropriate activity routines. I have limited funds since losing my job over two years ago, so a coach is out of the question. I'm determined to lose the 40lbs., so I'm not going to frustrate myself by paying for what I can't afford. Another reason WH meal plans WITH supporting/coordinating exercise routines would be a blessing and oh so appreciated...just saying.



01/10/2013 - 7:38pm

I understand I go to 1200 now after I reach my goal do I then increase to 1500 or do I stick to the 1200. I really love to eat but now that I'm getting older and 3 babies later I am not maintaining the weight like I used to.


01/08/2013 - 10:29pm

That is a pretty restrictive algorithim. I weight 126 pounds (Yes doesn't sound alot but when your a 5"3 girl its a little chubby) but my calorie intake was supposed to be 512 a day?

I think a much better program would be (weight) x 12 - 500

That gets me to 1012 calories which is much closer to the 1200 calorie diet :)


01/06/2013 - 3:02am

Lol, that calculation is off. I'm pretty sure that I should eat more than 254 calories per day! (That's not even a whole meal.)


01/03/2013 - 11:47am

Start your weight loss journey at the higher end of the calorie allotment and edge down as you lose. The less you have to lose the harder it gets, so this way your progress will be more consistent and you will be more likely to stick with it.


12/31/2012 - 2:57pm

Note it states that "If you calculate a number that’s less than 1,200 calories, follow the 1,200-calorie plan. Eating less than that, it’s hard to meet your daily nutrition requirements.)"

So if you get a number less than 1,200 calories then stick to the 1200 calorie plan.


11/28/2012 - 12:04pm

OK people, learn to read ... after the calculation it says

(Note: If you calculate a number that’s less than 1,200 calories, follow the 1,200-calorie plan. Eating less than that, it’s hard to meet your daily nutrition requirements.)

So , if you come up with a number lower than 1200, go with the 1200 cal diet...


11/13/2012 - 2:39pm

There is another article somewhere here on and it explains to subtract 500. That made more sense when I did it; it had me at nearly a 1200 calorie plan.


11/01/2012 - 12:55pm

some of you guys dont need to be on diets especially if you your only weigh 122 just stay active and productive


10/23/2012 - 2:07pm

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