1200 Calorie menu plan

Shedding pounds is a challenge for many women, especially those that work full time and have families…
1200 Calorie menu plan
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Shedding pounds is a challenge for many women, especially those that work full time and have families to take care of. It is easy to get into the habit of eating quick meals and snacks throughout the day. The problem is that those foods tend to be very high in both fat and calories. For the average woman, sticking to a 1200 calorie menu plan will aide in losing weight. This will work especially well if exercise is also part of the routine. Add 30 minutes a day of high energy activity such as jogging or playing actively with children. The problem with sticking to a low calorie diet is that every day is not conducive to pre-planned meals and dieting. Here are three meal plans that can be rotated or modified when necessary. These ideas will work whether you are on the go, eating at home, or eating out. These meals, unless noted, should all be accompanied with a no calorie drink. Women often waste calories on unnecessary beverages. Some great choices include diet sodas, iced tea with no calorie sweetener, or water. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will ensure you stay healthy and hydrated, substitute your high calorie drinks with water and you will immediately feel the difference.

1200 Calorie Menu Plan -on the go- (1183 calories)

Breakfast

Plain oatmeal in packet (100) with 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (41) with black coffee and 8 oz. orange juice (110)

Snack

Cliff White Chocolate Macadamia Nut protein bar (250)

Lunch

1/2 a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat bread (approx 300 calories), plantain chips (140) and 1/2 cup baby carrots (42)

Snack

Apple or banana (100)

Dinner

1 cup grilled chicken (230) over a mixed green salad (40) with a serving of low fat dressing of your choice (approx. 50) dinner roll (80)

1200 Calorie Menu Plan -at home- (1270 calories)

Breakfast

One egg cooked any style (120), one slice of whole wheat toast (70), 4 ounces of orange juice (55)

Snack

2 tablespoons of hummus (60) with a handful of pita chips (100)

Lunch

Mixed green salad (40) with 4 ounces of chicken or salmon (115), low fat dressing (approx 50)

Snack

Apple (100) and small handful of almonds (100)

Dinner

4 ounces of top sirloin steak (200) baked potato (160) with 2 tbs low fat sour cream (30) and one strip of bacon (70)

1200 calorie Menu Plan -out to eat- (1250 calories)

Breakfast

McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (300) and coffee with 2 teaspoons of sugar (30)

Snack

McDonald’s Fruit and Walnut Salad (210)

Lunch

Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grilled Sandwich (370)

Snack

Taco Bell Crunchy Taco (170)

Dinner

6″ Subway Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (370)