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What a 1,200-Calorie Diet Looks Like

EatingWell's Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. teaches you how to eat to lose weight by following a 1,200-calorie diet plan and outlines how many calories to eat for meals throughout the day. She provides healthy eating tips and weight-loss tips and a low-calorie diet plan for following a 1,200-calorie diet.

Hi, I'm Brierley and I'm in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Today we're going to talk about what a 1,200-calorie day looks like. For breakfast, you want to aim to eat between 250 and 300 calories. This delicious Banana Spice Smoothie clocks in at 283 calories. For lunch, here's a Mediterranean plate. You want to aim to eat between 300 and 350 calories. This is 346. Let's talk about what you're going to get. You get two tablespoons of hummus, you get six Kalamata olives, one 4-inch whole-wheat pita, you get a cup of grape tomatoes and a cup of spinach. You can drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil on top of your vegetables. And you also get one ounce of feta cheese. For dinner, you want to aim to eat between 300 and 350 calories. This dinner comes in a little bit over at 355. Here we have a delicious Clementine & Five-Spice Chicken. That's served with two cups of cooked bok choy with two teaspoons of olive oil and a little bit of garlic, and a half cup of cooked brown rice. Round out the rest of your day with your snacks. So for your morning snack, here is a medium orange. And then in the afternoon you want a cup of sugar snap peas with one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. For more ideas on how to eat within a 1,200-calorie diet come to eatingwell.com.
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