What 1,200 Calories Looks Like (Protein Edition)

Danielle Omar
by Danielle Omar
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When trying to lose weight on a lower-calorie diet — especially 1,200 calories per day, which is near the minimum count recommended for women (and the lowest for men) — it can be challenging to consume enough protein to build and repair muscle and feel satisfied between meals.  

However, with some thoughtful meal planning, you can minimize simple carbs and amp up the protein to feel fuller longer and remain within your calorie budget. Check out the sample menu below (click on the image for a link to the recipe) that illustrates how delicious and satisfying a high-protein 1,200-calorie day can be.

BREAKFAST

SNACK

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

About the Author

Danielle Omar
Danielle Omar

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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