What Does a 1,500-Calorie Diet Look Like?
Create your own 1,500-calorie day with these delicious and satisfying meals to help you lose weight.
By Nicci Micco
Calculate your calorie goal
YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT X 12 = calories needed to maintain your weight
To lose 1 pound/week: Cut 500 calories/day To lose 2 pounds/week: Cut 1,000 calories/day
Note: For healthy weight loss, we don't advise losing more than two pounds per week. If you calculate a daily calorie goal that's less than 1,200, set your calorie goal at 1,200 calories. Below that, it's hard to meet your nutrient needs—or feel satisfied enough to stick with a plan.
To create your own 1,500-calorie day, browse the breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner recipes below.
BreakfastFor breakfast, choose one of these 300- to 350-calorie breakfast options.
LunchAim to make lunch 325 to 400 calories. Try some of these options.
SnackAdd in a couple of healthy snacks. How about some of these options...
DinnerBrowse through these 500-calorie dinners, organized by Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Seafood, Fish and Pork and Lamb, then pick from the suggested side dishes, desserts or drinks to round out your meal.