How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet

This calorie count is the absolute minimum recommendation by health experts. Here's what it could be made of.
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If you’re looking to lose weight then the 1,200 calorie diet on the daily is the way to go. The calorie count on it is not a lot but it is the absolute minimum recommended by American health experts.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
Keep in shape by keeping to the 1,200 calorie diet on a daily basis.

Consuming lower than the 1,200 calorie diet per day takes you into the unhealthy and unsafe zone. Keep in mind that cutting down your food isn’t the only way to keep a shapely figure. It is an open secret, that you would need to incorporate exercise into your daily regime.

Convinced we’ve piqued your interest in what constitutes a 1,200 calorie diet meal plan, we offer you a closer look.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
A half cup of oatmeal with blueberries, maybe a small dollop of yogurt and a helping of walnuts serves up a good breakfast.
How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
Fruits can add fibre and nutritional value to your breakfast.

Dietitian nutritionist Kerri-Ann Jennings, on a healthy eating website, shared how you should attempt reaching for 250-300 calories at breakfast. “Think about getting some dairy and fruit at breakfast. The protein from the dairy and fibre in the fruit will keep you feeling full for longer.” Make a half cup of oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries for 300 calorie goodness.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
Nuts offer nutritional goodness and may provide a healthy snack too.

For lunch, she says, target fulfilling 300-350 calories viable in fibre-filled, low-calorie vegetables. There’s a wide to choose from – celery, cucumber, bok choy or even radish. Opt for whole grains and lean protein. Jennings recommends a Mediterranean Plate. It comprises a whole wheat pita bread, a little feta chase, some hummus, grape tomatoes and six olives. Add a cup of raw spinach with a teaspoon of olive oil and serve that up with some fresh lemon juice.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
A Mediterranean salad is seen here and is recommended by Jennings as a meal option.
How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
A piping hot bowl of fish congee may cater to the Asian in you who enjoys the staple food – rice.

Since rice is a staple, a serving of fish congee may also do the trick. The catch would be that it is cooked from scratch. The dish accounts for some 330 calories. Whip it up with some thoroughly washed rice, white meat fish like cod or seabass, soy sauce and sesame oil. Parsley, sliced up ginger and spring onions for garnish makes up for a delicious meal.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
Consider whole wheat crackers, carrot sticks and celery sticks as snacks to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Find yourself getting hungry? One or two serving of snacks through the day is acceptable. Keep them at 50-100 calories which could be an apple, some nuts and raisins, or a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. A few whole wheat crackers, a hard boiled egg or a half cup of carrot sticks could rack up a 145 calorie snack. Meanwhile, a half cup of cottage cheese and a pear for a snack counts for 149 calories.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet

Go big or go home for dinner with 400-500 calories. A serving of Clementine and Five-Spice Chicken (as pictured) with two cups of bok choy sauteed in two teaspoons of olive oil with garlic, and a half cup of brown rice would account for 455 calories, Jennings say.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
A plate of egg prawn fried rice, cooked up yourself, may be a substantial enough meal.

A serving of egg prawn fried rice, may be another substantial Asian meal option. Weighing in at 353 calories, again, you’d have to make it from scratch with brown rice and a generous amount of vegetables.

How To: Shape up with the 1,200 calorie daily diet
Soba, or buckwheat noodles, is another meal option to consider especially if you’re craving for something soupy.

If you prefer something brothy, chicken soba soup noodle could satisfy your hunger. It is easy enough to cook too. Boiled and shredded chicken, a bundle of buckwheat noodles, leafy and fibrous vegetable are the main components that you need. Add to it some chicken stock, goji berries and olive oil and sesame oil and seasoning before you feast.

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