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EatingWell's 500-Calorie Dinners

Satisfying 500-calorie dinners that make every calorie count.

Do you love food but hate diets? Then EatingWell’s delicious 500-calorie dinners are perfect for you. Science shows that when it comes to losing weight, what’s most important is how much you eat. You can lose weight eating whatever you like so long as you limit calories. Having a 500-calorie dinner is one way. Of course, the rest of the day matters too. Find the right calorie level and meal plan for you. »

Jump-start your weight loss with our 500-calorie dinner plans:
500-Calorie Dinners Meal Plan: Week 1 »
500-Calorie Dinners Meal Plan: Week 2 »
500-Calorie Dinners Meal Plan: Week 3 »
500-Calorie Dinners Meal Plan: Week 4 »
500-Calorie Dinners Meal Plan: Week 5 »

Pictured: Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans 500-Calorie Menu

Delicious Recipes

Lose Weight Eating 1,500 Calories a Day

Most people can lose weight on 1,500 calories a day, including a delicious 500-calorie dinner. Find out what a 1,500 calorie day looks like and get delicious recipes to eat within your calorie goals.

500-Calorie Dinner Menus

Browse through these 500-Calorie dinner menus, organized by main course, then pick from our suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your meal.

500-Calorie Dinner Diet Challenge & Diet Tips

500-Calorie Dinner Challenge

Follow our five week, 500-Calorie Dinner Challenge week-by-week or jump around. Get started with these sample menus.

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