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

Anonymous

07/27/2014 - 11:04pm

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!

Anonymous

07/19/2014 - 8:37pm

"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.

Anonymous

06/01/2014 - 6:35pm

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..

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

04/20/2014 - 3:04pm

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.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

11/10/2013 - 8:11pm

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

Anonymous

10/11/2013 - 6:35am

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

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

09/05/2013 - 3:28pm



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