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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.


READER'S COMMENT:
"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...
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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.

Anonymous

03/21/2013 - 10:35am

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!

Anonymous

03/12/2013 - 6:38pm

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

Anonymous

02/11/2013 - 4:47pm

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?

Anonymous

01/27/2013 - 9:46pm

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!!!!!!!!
please answer me on my ID:- naqvi2592@gmail.com.
thank you!!!!!

Anonymous

01/05/2013 - 4:47am

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.

Anonymous

08/17/2012 - 7:53am

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.

Anonymous

08/04/2012 - 9:40pm

I finally went to a dietician to tackle the weight and cholesteral issue. I am 43 with about 80 lbs to lose. She told me that I could do a 1200 calorie diet if I was not going to exercise or 1500 cals if I could do 60 mins 5x a week (i'm doing seven 60 min classes in six days). She showed me the 3500 cal weight loss formula. Numbers give me a better sense of control so this is what I have come up with...my BMR is 1736 and my exercise is 564 for a total of 2300 calories needed per day to maintain. Subtract the 1500 cals I'm taking in and that means I'm 800 cals below maintenance. 800 cals a day x 7 days = 5600 cals. 5600 cals divided by the 3500 (for 1lb loss) = 1.6 lbs a week. I've actually lost 16 lbs since 3/19. I don't know if the math is right, but I'm not hungry and I feel great. Who knew that if you honestly committed to "the old fashioned way" it would actually work?

Anonymous

05/08/2012 - 2:48pm

BMR is what your body burns naturally in a day, without any exercise at all. Google BMR and go to a calculator and find out what yours is.

Look at the amount of exercise/activity you do for a given day and figure out how many calories you will burn. I play tennis, so my example is going to 1100 calories from a few hours of tennis.

Take your BMR and add in the calories you burn from activity in one day. My BMR is 1750. Activity is 1100 calories. So 1750 + 1100 = 2850 total. I will burn 2850 calories today with tennis thrown in there. To lose a pound in a week, I'd have to eat 500 less than 2850, which is 2350. So that's a pretty ridiculous number of calories.

The point is, you can eat a reasonable amount of calories as long as you have to exercise to back it up, but you have to end up in the negative if you want to lose weight. Plain and simple. How far into the negative you go each day is going to govern how long it takes for you to lose the weight.

Anonymous

04/24/2012 - 12:26pm

Net calories, as that is the total intake-working out....you would starve yourself if you ate 1200 and burned 800-100/workout

Anonymous

04/19/2012 - 1:01am



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