Sample
1200 Calorie Diet Menus

Choose from the selection of sample 1200 calorie diet menus below based on the the number of meals and snacks you prefer. All of the menus are easy 1200 calorie diets to follow...

...none involve complicated cooking!

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Easy 1200 calorie diets

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Dietitian's Tip to Planning a 1200 Calorie Menu

If you have good calorie awareness, you can simple decide on the number of meals and snacks you want to eat every day and then divvy up the calories accordingly. Here are my suggestions:

  • 1200 Calorie Plan with 3 Meals Per Day:
    • 300 calories breakfast
    • 400 calories lunch
    • 500 calories dinner
  • 1200 Calorie Menu with 3 Meals + 1 Snack Per Day:
    • 250 calories breakfast
    • 350 calories lunch
    • 150 calories snack
    • 450 calories dinner
  • 1200 Calorie Per Day Diet with 3 Meals + 2 Snacks Per Day:
    • 250 calories breakfast
    • 300 calories lunch
    • 150 calories snack
    • 400 calories dinner
    • 100 calories snack
  • 1200 Calorie Diet Menu Plan with 3 Meals + 3 Snacks Per Day:
    • 250 calories breakfast
    • 100 calories snack
    • 300 calories lunch
    • 100 calories snack
    • 400 calories dinner
    • 50 calories snack

Obviously, as you increase the number of meals, the calories in each must be reduced to assure you end up with 1200 calorie diet menus and not a 1500 calorie diet or even 1800 calories!

The balance within each meal is important too!

A Hershey bar is only ~ 230 calories, but you shouldn't call it breakfast!

At minimum, a balanced meal contains:

If you decide to add a starch, choose a whole grain.

More on balanced meal planning.

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