What the 1,200-Calorie Diet Looks Like

Danielle Omar, RD
by Danielle Omar, RD
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OK, first things first: 1,200 calories per day is not a lot. If your goal is weight loss, it’s close to the minimum the National Institutes of Health recommends for women, and it is literally the lowest count recommended for men. Dipping too far below this range isn’t safe or healthy, and MyFitnessPal follows suit when you’re setting your weight-loss program. So if this is your target, the idea of eating 1,200 calories per day can seem pretty daunting.

The good news is it doesn’t mean you have to survive on rice cakes and boiled chicken, either — you really can eat a variety of satiating and nutrient-rich foods. Here’s a sample menu that illustrates how delicious and satisfying 1,200 calories can be. (Scroll to the bottom for how to make lunch and dinner.)

Discover and log these recipes and more in the MyFitnessPal app! 

What the 1,200-Calorie Diet Looks Like

What the 1,200-Calorie Diet Looks Like


CLICK TO TWEET THIS ARTICLE > Here’s what a day of eating looks like on a 1,200 calorie diet via @MyFitnessPal!


What the 1,200-Calorie Diet Looks Like

Originally published May 2017, updated with additional reporting

About the Author

Danielle Omar, RD
Danielle Omar, RD

Danielle is an integrative dietitian, culinary nutritionist, author and consultant, frequently lending her love of creating to high-profile food and nutrition media outlets. She’s a regularly featured blogger and founder of foodconfidence.comwhere she inspires men and women on their journey to become their healthiest self. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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