What 1,500 Calories Looks Like (Fall Edition)

Danielle Omar
by Danielle Omar
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Sticking to a budget of 1,500 calories per day can help you reach your weight-loss> goals while not feeling deprived, provided you incorporate plenty of fiber-rich produce, lean protein and healthy fats. This 1,500-calorie sample day makes use of cozy, flavorful fall produce like squash, Brussels sprouts and pears for a comfort food filled menu that’s delicious and helps keep you on track.







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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.


9 responses to “What 1,500 Calories Looks Like (Fall Edition)”

  1. Debbie says:

    Looks good, but I’d need more protein than this. I’m trying to eat a minimum of 35% protein (40% is better) and less carbs per doctor’s orders. I’m finding it difficult to hit the balance of 40% protein, 30% fat and 30% carbs, yet still only consume 1500 calories.

    • Alex Stimac says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing. This is like 66 g of protein, which is really low if you are trying to maintain muscle mass while losing fat at a caloric deficit. Most recommend eating at least 1g of protein per pound of lean body weight for both men and women. For all but the most petit adults, that will require eating more than 100 g of protein daily.

      • chris says:

        couldn’t agree more. I work with a lot of people seeking a change in their health and helping them on proper portions/macros is one of the hardest parts. often times when people use these apps, the macros are really all out of wack and its hard to convince some people otherwise

    • KLB999 says:

      I usually include at least one protein drink in my 1500 calorie diet. That usually gets me a good chunk of protein for not very many calories.

  2. Gabe says:

    This is a meal plan for a little old lady! The least good thing I can say about this is thank god they didn’t make it a vegetarian or vegan day of meal plan.

  3. Kalagvna says:

    Perfect fall combos! I have such a hard time eating enough, so I really enjoy and appreciate the meal plans!

  4. Kalagvna says:

    Perfect fall combos! I have such a hard time eating enough, so I really enjoy and appreciate the meal plans!

  5. Sharon says:

    I love this! It would be super helpful to have something like this for weight gain — I am consuming no where near 1500 calories a day, so I am working very hard at improving. But, every site talks about weight loss — it should focus on “healthy weight goals” .

  6. Robert Sterbal says:

    The key is the bio-available energy, not the calories.

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