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.

"Um, this cannot be right unless you fall within a particular weight zone. I'm 5'3, 127 lbs. I need to lose about 4-7 lbs to be comfortable (and still healthy) but according to this formula I would only eat 1024 calories/day to lose 1 lb a...

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

well I'm 29 and weigh 250 lbs, I gain weight weekly so I probably have a 3000+calorie diet. The hardest part for me will be changing and planning my food. cutting my diet to 1500 is going to be murder


11/10/2013 - 8:11pm

If you weigh 118 pounds you dont need to lose weight, how selfish!!!!


10/11/2013 - 6:35am

1 Calorie = .001 kc soooo your saying not to live off 1.2 Calories, which is obviously impossible


10/04/2013 - 8:05pm

the article specifically states not to go below 1200 kcals a day, SPECIFICALLY states that. so for those of you going on about surviving on 400 or 500 kcals a day, READ the whole article.
this article also specifically states that this is just a GENERAL starting point, as in a way to get you heading in the right direction. READ the whole article. sheesh.


09/05/2013 - 3:28pm

I weigh 118 lb. x 12 =1,400-1,000=400, how can i live on 400 calories a day?!


08/26/2013 - 5:22am

I'm 28 and I weight 90kgs... what is the best calorie level for me??


07/10/2013 - 7:25am

I think several of you could use to study up on human physiology. I graduating with a degree in human physiology this December and I like to think I have a good understanding of it. From what I've seen on the comments there are two misconceptions I'd like to address. First, it is true that you have to cut your caloric intake to loose wieght. But if you cut it by too much, you will stop loosing wieght. This is largely due to the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is released when your body is under stress. This can be in a simple fight to flight response or under long term stress, such as a diet that has too few calories. Individuals who have chronic stress induced cortisol release have been clinically found to increase fat stores in the abdomin regardless of how few calories are taken in. In long turn situations cortisol will even trigger the oxidation of amino acids from muscle fibers. Meaning your body will eat your muscles in order to stay alive if you don't have enough calories.
Next, the calculation posted on this site is incorrect. It is a base number to calculate someone's basal metabolic rate, the number of calories you body would consume if all you did was sit on a coach all day long. The only perfect way to measure someone's caloric needs with some accuracy is to hock the up to a respirator and measure their oxygen consumption. I have a better equations fora general calculation that I will post tomorrow. But remember, it's an estimate that you can start from, not a for sure number.


07/09/2013 - 1:02am

I just want to lose a few (maybe 8) lbs and I used the calculator which says I need 1344 cals/day to maintain my weight, so if I cut 500 calories out each day I am not going to be giving my body what it needs, just sayin'.


06/28/2013 - 12:55am

The 1,500 formula has not been working for me. I'm very frustrated and the more people I talk to, the more confused I get.

I'm a 5'5", 180 lb., 50-yr. old female in menopause. Last year I quit smoking and gained 12 lbs. with no changes to diet. Two months ago, I joined a gym and started doing cardio and strength training 5 days a week and immediately gained another 8 lbs. So I'm now 20 lbs. heavier.

I've been on 1500 (net, after exercise) calories daily for several weeks and the scale will not budge. I am absolutely not underestimating my caloric intake nor overestimating my workout calories burned. (I'm using My Fitness Pal to track, BTW.)

Both a 113-lb. fitness guru client of mine and a body builder who works at GNC recently told me to up my calories to 2,340 (my weight X 13 for my activity level) and eat a 40/40/20 ratio of carbs/protein/fats for weight loss. I'm finding it very very difficult to consume more than 1500 calories--I suspect I've been eating in that range naturally for years.

Does anyone agree with the advice to add so many calories?


06/25/2013 - 9:21am

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