1200 calories per day is approximately the lowest a woman should go when aiming for fat loss.

1200 Calorie Diet

1200 calories per day is approximately the lowest a woman should go when aiming for fat loss. For men this figure is around the 1500 -1700 calorie mark. See more about daily calorie intake on the Daily Calorie Needs Calculator.

Meal Plan 1

TOTAL CALORIES ~1200

Breakfast

  • 1 Cup Fruit Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup Low-Fat Yogurt
  • Herbal Tea

Snack

  • Smoothie (1 Cup Berries blended with 1 Cup Trim (1%) Milk and Ice Cubes.

Lunch

  • 2 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1/2 Cup Tuna (in water only)
  • Salad (Tomato,Cucumber,Lettuce) with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise + 1/2 tbsp olive oil.

Snack

  • 1 Medium-Sized Banana

Dinner

  • 3.5 oz (~100g) chicken breast (skinless boneless)-cook in griller.
  • 1 Cup Broccoli
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice

Meal Plan 2

TOTAL CALORIES ~1200

Breakfast

  • 2 Slices Whole Wheat Toast with 1 tsp Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Fruit Cocktail (Fruit Salad) – in natural juice only
  • 8 oz (1 cup) Trim (1%) Milk

Snack

  • 1 Medium-Sized Banana

Lunch

  • 6 Crackers with Low-Fat Cottage Cheese.
  • Handful Mixed Nuts (Almonds , Walnuts , Brazil Nuts)
  • 1 Medium Fruit (Apple, Peach, Plum, Pear , etc)

Snack

  • Smoothie (1 Cup Berries blended with 1 Cup Trim (1%) Milk and Ice Cubes).

Dinner

  • Medium Baked Potato
  • 3 oz (~85g) Sirloin Steak
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms
  • 1/4 Cup Onions
  • 1 Teaspoon olive or canola oil (cooking)
  • 1 Cup Mixed Vegetable

Ensure you drink plenty of water – aim for 8-10 glasses per day