This low-calorie diet provides an intake of approximately 1200 calories per day. Weight loss will be more gradual than the 500 calorie diet plan.

DAILY ALLOWANCES

  • ½ pint fresh, whole milk
  • 3 oz bread (about 3 medium-thick slices)
  • ½ oz butter

BREAKFAST

  • Glass of water
  • 1 egg, boiled or poached
  • 1 slice bread from allowance, toasted if liked
  • Butter from allowance
  • Tea or coffee with milk from allowance, no sugar

MID-MORNING TEA

  • Tea or coffee with milk from allowance, no sugar
  • 1 medium-sized apple

LUNCH

  • 3 slices lean ham, beef, chicken, or veal
  • or ½ a small can of sardines, salmon, or tuna
  • or 4 oz carton of cottage cheese, or 1½ oz other cheese, or medium-sized portion of shellfish, such as prawns, shrimps, or lobster
  • or 2 eggs, boiled, poached, or scrambled or made into an omelet
  • or a large portion of white fish, grilled, steamed, or baked. (One herring or kipper is allowed instead of the above once per week.)
  • 2 slices bread from allowance
  • Butter from allowance
  • 1 large orange, or 1 large apple, or 4 fresh apricots, or 1 small banana, or about 15 fresh grapes, or 1 large portion of fresh melon, or 1 large grapefruit, or 1 large fresh peach, or 1½ fresh pears, or a large portion of any soft fruit (can be stewed but without sugar)

AFTERNOON TEA

  • Tea or coffee with milk from allowance, no sugar
  • 1 medium-sized apple

DINNER

  • A medium-sized portion of roasted, braised, or grilled lean beef, or ham, liver, veal, pork, or chicken (no addition of flour)
  • 1 large portion of a green vegetable, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach
  • 1 small portion of a root or pulse vegetable, such as carrots, broad beans, parsnips, or peas
  • 1 portion of fruit (same selection as for lunch)
  • Tea or coffee with milk from allowance, no sugar

Foods to avoid on a 1200 calorie diet

FOODS TO AVOID

Sugar, fried foods, confectionery, oil, cream, marmalade, jam, honey, syrup, cereals, biscuits, cakes, pasta, puddings, pastry, canned fruits, sweetened drinks (check the label), alcohol, and nuts.

MAINTENANCE

Once the target weight has been reached, you can experiment by first of all having an extra slice of bread and scraping the butter or one medium-sized potato.

In addition you can take a small carton of unsweetened natural yogurt and an extra portion of fresh fruit. Include any meat or fish at lunchtime and dinnertime, provided it is roasted, grilled, or braised and does not have the addition of flour.

If you do not begin to increase your weight after one week, then you can try experimenting with a small portion of protein-enriched cereal and milk or, if you prefer it, an extra slice of bread and butter. Remember that the butter must only be scraped on. Still, avoid all other foods on the “FOODS TO AVOID” list.

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