(Closed) Share your low calorie meal plans!

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I ate 1200 calories or less before the wedding in my diet and healthy eating efforts. I know it seems like very little but because I’m so short it’s what I have to do. Changing my eating habits and sticking to my reduced calorie diet I lost 25 pounds last year before my wedding. I’m still eating in that range to loose my post-wedding and post-holidays weight gain. (I only gained a few pounds and I’ve lost most of it already, I’m only 1 pound more than I was on my wedding day.)

Now (and before) my typical meals are something like: oatmeal (plain with splenda and cinnamon), a yogurt for a snack, a sandwich (low calorie bread or a flat out with turkey) or a low calorie frozen meal for lunch, fruit for a snack, and grilled chicken with steamed veggies and whole grain rice for dinner. Oh and a frozen fruit bar for dessert, in the summer time that was my saving grace because I got sweets for very little calories!

I won’t lie, it can be difficult to stay within such a low calorie amount for the day. But it’s a lot easier to make it work each day when you’re eating healthy foods! When you eat “junk” food you get way less “bang” for your calorie buck and it’s a lot harder to stay within those 1200 calories than when you’re eating low calorie “value” foods. Good luck!

Post # 4
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

For example:

Breakfast- Greek yogurt with granola and Honey

Snack- Apple slices with peanut butter

Lunch- Half of whole wheat pita with hummus, 1 slice cheese, and veggies

Snack- Almonds

Dinner- Baked chicken breast with veggies and side salad

and remember, the more you exercise the more you can eat!  ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Post # 5
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Here’s the sort of meal I’ll plan if I’m being good, but getting around 1200 calories depends mostly on portion sizes (I usually aim closer to 1500 becaue I tend to burn about 300 a day on exercise). 

Breakfast: granola/rich cereal (Kashi goLean) + greek yogourt and fruit, or oatmeal with frozen berries mixed in while it’s cooking, or a smoothie with milk and frozen fruit

Lunch: leftover from dinner the night before, or soup or stew (I try to make one on the weekend and pack+freeze it), sometimes tuna salad with cottage cheese instead of mayo.

Dinner: at least two types of veggies, either stir fried with quinoa or steamed with some meat (chicken, a small piece of steak)… or I defrost some soup if I’m lazy ๐Ÿ™‚

Snacks: almonds, cheese, dried cranberries, apples, greek yogourt, cured meats (spicy salami and brie is my weakness but it’s very easy to overdo so be careful!). 

Post # 6
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Egg whites for breakfast, with grilled mushrooms if you’re feeling like it.

Blueberries and sugar snap peas for snacking.

Lunch normally a big can of soup. I like Campbell’s creations. Their garden vegetable is good.

Dinner I like to do salads… just huge, giant bowls of every good kind of vegetable. Red cabbage, cucumber, raddish, carrots, peppers, tomatoes. I slice in some cheese or add some ground turkey if I need it. Big salads like that are the one and only big dinner I can make that doesn’t seem to make me gain weight.


This sort of diet (I truly do eat the same foods almost every day) is probably not 100% your best option. I get low blood pressure from lack of salt in my diet, doctors have told me to drink vegetable juice. I can’t stand acidic foods, apples make me scared I’ll throw up. Everything sort of tastes too sweet to me, don’t even talk to me about lattes.

Post # 7
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m starting up my pre wedding diet (since all I do being married is eat for some reason) to eat 1200 cals and burn atleast 500 cals most days. An ideal day I aim for is –

Breakfast: cereal (special K or weetbix) with banana and skim milk

Snack: apple and almonds

Lunch: turkey sandwich on wholegrain bread

Snack: yoghurt

Dinner: chicken stirfry filled with vegies

Post # 8
4804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m trying to do about 1700 calories a day to maintain my weight before my wedding (they’ve informed me that I can’t lose OR gain weight for my wedding dress).  I’ve only been doing it for about a week so far but I’ve found that spinach is really low-cal (a spinach salad hardly takes up any room on my calorie count) and if you need something grab and go/easy…Cambell’s soup at hand is only 70 calories which pleasantly surprised me ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been doing this for a while now, and have lost almost 10 pounds! And that’s with cheating, a lot.. lol NEED to get more serious about this now.. 



my saving grace was signing up on Myfitnesspal.com.. it’s like a message board which has a calorie counter on it too! And it’s free! You can add friends and everything! I love it cause you can put in what you’re eating, an it will tell you the calories in it! And you keep track daily of your calorie intake and it also tells you, when you excercise, how many extra calories you can have for that day!

Post # 10
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Another website like what PP mentioned is fatsecret.

Post # 11
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m finding upping my protein throughout the day is helping calories low but filling me up like whoa.

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