What Does a 1,500-Calorie Diet Look Like?

By Nicci Micco, EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners (2010)

Create your own 1,500-calorie day with these delicious and satisfying meals to help you lose weight.

"I did a calculation based on my weight of 180lbs and the number of calories needed to maintain my weight was about correct. For a weight loss of 2lb per week it came out at just under 1200 calories and they suggest 1200 as a minimum. I...

I eat close to 3,000 calories a day. I am 5.9 and 128 lbs. I am not gaining because I am hyperthyroid. I have a very sedentary lifestyle due to heart issues with STV. The food pictured I would have to take a lot of supplements as well, not enough Calcium, D, & C there for a woman going into Menopause.


08/04/2012 - 9:40pm

SVT does not need to make you sedentary. I had SVT for years but finally had the ablasion procedure to get rid of it. In the mean time, SVT never stopped me from staying active. It cannot kill you, it is just a pest. Just do activities that do not trigger it as frequently. I am a runner. I just had to make sure I didn't suddenly start a Sprint or step in a pot hole. And your base line adrenaline level will change with excercise which might change your symptoms. For you it is active while sedentary. For me, I only had symptoms when my base line adrenaline level was low due to working out. Yours could be the opposite of mine.


08/17/2012 - 7:53am

my weight is 176 pounds!!!!!! and I want to reduce my weight to 160 pounds in 2 months!!!!! please help me how by dieting I can do that!!!!!!!!
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01/05/2013 - 4:47am

This formula makes no sense. It says to multiple your current weight x 12 to maintain your current weight. For me that's 1560 cal. It then says to lose weight to cut out 500 cal. per day to lose 1 pd., to lose 2 pds. cut out 1000 cal. per day! I already exercise 5 days a week. So how many calories can I eat per day if I want to lose 10 pds. in a month or so without starving myself which I know is counterproductive?


01/27/2013 - 9:46pm

It clearly states, "If you calculate a daily calorie goal that's less than 1,200, set your calorie goal at 1,200 calories. Below that, it's hard to meet your nutrient needs—or feel satisfied enough to stick with a plan." So your daily caloric goal would be 1,200 a day. HTH


02/11/2013 - 4:47pm

Yes with my current body weight of 122 pounds following this to lose 2 pounds a week I would be down to eating less than 500 calories a day!


03/12/2013 - 6:38pm

You said: Yes with my current body weight of 122 pounds following this to lose 2 pounds a week I would be down to eating less than 500 calories a day!

At 122 lbs you probably should go to your doctor if you want to lose weight. You wouldn't want to make yourself ill in the process. Also, the article suggested that if your calculations made your intended calorie intake below 1200, set your intake at 1,200 because its difficult to get the nutrition you need to remain healthy.


03/21/2013 - 10:35am

Is there anywhere on the website where i can find a grocery list to make all the foods on the 28 day diet plan?


04/03/2013 - 6:15pm

i am 5'9 and 135lbs is that a helthy weight? would it be unhealthy to go to 115lbs and if so would exsersise help me loose the weight.


05/06/2013 - 10:20am

I TOTALLY DISAGREE with the recommendation to cut out 500-1000 kcals a day to lose weight! As some mentioned in this thread, doing so would put them at a VERY LOW caloric intake. When you don't give your body the kcals it needs to function and maintain your metabolic rate, you will lose lean body mass or muscle. Your metabolism slows and your body holds onto body fat! The formula of weight in pounds X 12 is for someone who is NOT exercising, who's pretty inactive in their daily activities and who wants to maintain their current weight. If said person wanted to lose weight they could cut out about 100-200 kcals a day and see some weight loss. Best advice is to start exercising and ADD some kcals to facilitate the exercise but take a little away to facilitate weight loss. So add 300-600 (depending on how much exercise you plan to do) to the number you get from wt# X 12 then take about 250-300 kcals away. Now you'll see fat loss, you'll get in shape with the exercise, boost your metabolism and you won't be HUNGRY!
One Body: One Choise


05/17/2013 - 9:19am

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