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 am 6 feet 3 inch, 104 kg. I followed 1500 calorie dieting plan. Targetted on egg white and green veg and exercise too. Lose 5 kg in 2 months, that was a miracle for me.


01/20/2014 - 5:05pm

Um no. Just no. According to your formula I should be eating 2960 calories a day. If I did that I'd be GAINING weight not losing it.


04/20/2014 - 3:04pm

There is common sense that needs to be applied here. Unless you eat exactly the same thing every single day, it's unlikely that you're consuming the same amount of calories - particularly if you aren't weighing/measuring your food. Likewise, unless your movements are exactly the same every day, the calories burned through movement likely fluctuates. Some people need a guideline - which this provides, but the reality is eat less - move more. Period. Play around with it. 10 years ago, I lost 50 lbs following Atkins, I tried it to lose more 5 years ago and didn't lose a lb. I reduced my calories and lost 30 more lbs - as you age and change your habits, your calorie requirements change all the time and the quality of the calories makes a difference. make some simple substitutions every day and reduce the liquid calories and move a little more, go for a walk after lunch in addition to whatever other exercise. After a few weeks if it doesn't make a difference, you need to make a few more small changes until you find the right mix. Also... keep in mind that there are unrealistic images of what someone should look like and the weights you are trying to achieve might be too low for your specific body - no calculation is going to change that..


05/01/2014 - 1:07pm

"Um no. Just no. According to your formula I should be eating 2960 calories a day. If I did that I'd be GAINING weight not losing it."

Um, yes! If you are 247 lbs then you have been eating at least 2960 calories a day. Eat less than that and you will lose weight. My weight is pretty steady around 175, and lo and behold I eat about 2100 calories a day.


06/01/2014 - 6:35pm

I find a 1,500 calorie diet to be satisfying but not OVERLY indulgent. 3 meals and 2-3 snacks spaced evenly throughout the day.

Unfortunately, the less you weigh, the harder it is to lose weight. To lose a pound a week, I'd have to eat 1,200 calories a day (1,084 actually). I currently weigh between 129-133. If you can lose weight on a 1,500-2,000 calorie diet, lucky you!


07/19/2014 - 8:37pm

I weigh 120 Ibs. How in the world am I suposed to eat 1440kcal when normally I eat about 1800kcal a day?!


07/27/2014 - 11:04pm

I went from 195 to 175 in less than three months, eating once a day. I pack 1500 cal in one single meal, eat about 4pm. No hunger pangs,no starving, eating well,lots of water. Stop complaining. It works if you set your mind for it to work. No excuses.


09/28/2014 - 11:35am

I'm 17 years old and I'm 6,3 and 240lbs.

My Meals Consist of.

Lean Pocket - 180cal
Lentil Soup - 260cal
Noodles /w plain pasta sauce - 390cal
Trail Mix - 350cal

1250 Calories with I walk around 15k steps and I work as a metal fabricator.

Losing weight quickly and I feel great.


10/27/2014 - 9:31pm

The weight loss goal one should be aiming for will depend on their BMI. Height should be considered too. If you are 5'4 and weighs 120lbs you are just on the normal weight. All you have to do is maintain that. If there are fats in some areas, do some tone up exercises to solve that. Yes, common sense should be applied here.


12/26/2014 - 7:26pm

I had thyroid cancer, so now i am have hypothyroidism and they just balanced my meds to where I feel good and have energy. However during that time I PACKED on the pounds. unfortunatly I am considered morbidly Obese. I currently weight 348 pounds! :( However, I have never struggled with will power when i feel good, which I do...and I never really ate more than 2000 calories before my cancer. I recently returned to about a 2000 calorie diet, though considering my age, weight, and height I am losing about 8 pounds a week. I anticipate it falling off, though Is this ok? Just considering my size.


01/12/2015 - 10:38pm

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