The first step is to make a plan that includes what food you will be consuming for the next week. This has to be the starting point in attaining your weight loss goal. One of the keys to achieving this goal is to reduce and/or eliminate drinking your calories. The average person will consume 500-1000 calories a day in liquid calories. Striving to eliminate these and replacing them with water can help you lose a pound a week! It will be 10 times easier to follow this 1200 calories a day to lose weight if you stick to water as your primary drink of choice.
Energy drinks, soda, and alcoholic drinks are some of the biggest enemies of weight loss. Even fruit juice has more sugar than nutritional value by weight when you compare them to their whole fruit counterpart. The below menu only has milk, coffee, water or tea as your drinks for the week, so that all your liquid calories are 0 or full of vitamin D. So don’t fool yourself, eat an orange, next time you want orange juice, and you will get ~ 400% more fiber.
Fiber is good on so many levels; it will keep you full longer and will help your body absorb more nutrients from your food. It does this by improving your digestive systems effectiveness with every bite. This is one of the reasons our free printable menu below, ensures you get the recommended ~25 grams a day, while you stay under 1200 calories.
1200 calories per day are about the lowest a woman should go when aiming for fat loss. For men, this figure is around the 1500-1700 calorie mark. See more about this on the Daily Calorie Needs Calculator. Going lower than this amount can cause your body to store more fat, as it goes into it’s natural “stock” response of thinking your body needs to conserve the little food your taking in.
It’s easier for me to let you see how in the plan below, rather than explain how to eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight. Being fully satisfied is not all that hard as long as they are the right foods and calories. This plan or “1200 menu” is a great mix of fruits and veggies that are some of the best around. This has mostly low glycemic index foods, and most of all they are filling and colorful. Also, the list of items needed is reasonable without the need of any complicated cooking instructions. This makes for the simplest diet plan available today. Take a look.
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That is all you need to plan a week of 1200 calories to lose weight. Ensure you drink plenty of water – aim for 8-10 glasses per day.
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