1200 Calorie Diet



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When you have decided to begin a 1200 calorie diet, you will be eating no more than 1200 calories throughout the course of one day. Many participants of this diet turn to this method in hopes of gaining better control over their blood sugar levels, decreasing the risk of heart ailments, as well as attempting to lose weight.

In regards to women, following this diet is the lowest amount of calories that a female can focus on when trying to lose fat. The lowest amount of calories that a man should intake is between about 1600-1800 calories. The 1200 calorie diet is not only low in calories, but also fat. Below you will learn of the proper serving sizes for cooked or prepared food when following this diet.


Serving Sizes

1 pint or 2 cups (16 fluid ounces) of liquid = 1 1/3 cans of soda

1-1/2 cup (12 fluid ounces) of liquid = 1 can of soda.

1 cup of food = the size of a large handful or 8 fluid ounces of liquid.

1/2 cup of food = about half of a large handful or 4 fluid ounces of liquid.

2 tablespoons = almost the size of a large walnut.

1 tablespoon = about the size of the tip of your thumb, measured from the last crease

1 teaspoon = about the size of the tip of your little finger when measured from the last crease

3 ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry = the size of a deck of cards.

1 ounce of cooked meat, fish, or poultry = 1/4 cup

1 ounce of hard cheese = a 1-inch cube.

1 serving of vegetables = 1/2 cup (1/2 handful) cooked, as well as 1 cup (1 handful) raw.

When planning a menu that follows the 1200 calorie diet, you should look at some of the foods that you can eat throughout the day, as separated into breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. For breakfast, suggested food items include bran flakes or one poached egg. A dieter may choose to eat lunch food items, such as bread, tomatoes or water-packed tuna fish. Dinner suggestions include lean chicken breast or cooked pasta. Below you will find sample menus when interested in the 1200 calorie diet.






1200 Calorie Diet Menu Suggestions

 

Breakfast

1 bread or starch, such as 3/4 cup of bran flakes

1 fruit, such as one small banana

1 milk, such as 1 cup of skim or 1% milk

1 meat or meat substitute, including poached egg

Lunch

A sandwich may consist of 2 ounces meat or protein, one teaspoon of regular mayonnaise, 1 slice of bread, one lettuce leaf, as well as 1 vegetable, such as two tomato slices. A diet soda or one fruit, such as one medium orange may accompany this lunchtime meal.

Dinner

2 ounces meat or protein, like lean chicken breast

1 starch, including cup cooked pasta

1 fat, such as 1 tsp butter

1 vegetable, such as 1 cup steamed vegetables

1 fruit, such as 1cup of melon pieces

1 milk, such as 1 cup of skim milk

Snacks

 

3 graham cracker squares

6 Saltines

cup of tuna, one piece of bread, as well as 1 tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise

Medium-sized banana

Smoothie, consisting of 1 cup of berries blended with 1% milk and ice cubes.

An excellent free tool for measuring how many calories you are consumming each day is Fitday.com

If you follow the 1200 calorie diet correctly, weightloss should be quite dramatic, at the rate of around 5lbs per week. I advise whilst n this diet that every fourth day you up your calories to around 1800 (if you are a woman, 2600 for a man) this will give your metabolism a boost, which tends to slow down when we follow a low calorie diet for any length of time.

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