A 1000 calorie diet plan is a great way to lose weight by cutting down excess calories. Read on for more information and ideas for such a diet.
Ok, so you have just realized that your favorite pair of jeans no longer fits you, and, you think that it is time to cut down on your consumption of calories and go on a diet. But with the myriad of diet plan options available, how do you decide which diet is the best one for you? There is the low carb diet, the grape fruit diet, the cabbage soup diet etc. However, with all these fad diets the problem is that though they appear like they could work, it is difficult to keep a diet schedule that is so out of line with your normal everyday life. How are you expected to enjoy a grapefruit while cooking pasta for your family? The best way, a diet can work is if you eat a balanced diet in less quantities.
1000 Calorie Diet
A 1000 calorie diet is a balanced eating plan containing about 1000 calories consumed per day. The theory behind this diet plan is that by reducing calorie intake, you will lose weight with little or no physical activity. The key to consuming 1000 calories per day is to eat smaller frequent meals, as well as cutting out fat, sugar and lowering your carbohydrate intake.
However, one has to remember that due to its low calorie content, a 1000 calorie diet is for short-term use only, mainly to restart weight loss, achieve a target weight or as a form of cleansing diet. Cutting back to 1000 calories a day is extreme and this 1000 calorie diet plan should only be used if you feel it is necessary. Remember that since you will be cutting down on so many calories make sure that the food you choose has enough nutritional value so that you have the energy to follow this daily routine. Another important diet tip is drinking lots of water, which is important to keep your body hydrated. As said before, surviving on just 1000 calories is drastic and thus, should not be continued for more than a week. If you continue with this diet plan for a prolonged period, it will reduce the metabolism rate which may lead to severe problems later on. Thus, a 1000 calorie diet is only recommended for those who do not have physical jobs or who work at home.
The following are samples of 1000 calorie diet menu that will help you get an idea about how to plan and what to include, in this diet.
|Sample Diet Plan||Breakfast||Lunch||Dinner||Snacks|
|Sample Diet Plan 1||Apple Oatmeal – Bring the water, oats, and half a cup of milk to the boil. Keep stirring (for 5 minutes) while it continues to boil and add grated apple. Add more milk to cool it.||Mozzarella, avocado and tomato salad – Slice 50g/2oz reduced-fat mozzarella cheese and arrange on a plate with 1 sliced tomato, half of a small sliced avocado, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with salad and a 5cm/2” piece of French bread.||Grilled Chicken with Vegetables – Serve 2 thin slices lean grilled chicken with 2 medium-sized roast potatoes, 2 tbsp apple sauce, vegetables and fat-free gravy.||Small handful of unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, etc).|
|Sample Diet Plan 2||Banana Smoothie – Blend 1 cup plain yogurt, 1tsp honey, 1 Banana and 1 cup fresh berries together.||Tuna Salad – Serve 3 oz water packed tuna with celery sticks, lettuce leaves, low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat yogurt and walnuts for a tasty, healthy and nutritious meal.||Hamburger – Mix the ground beef, grated carrot, onion and ketchup together and form into patty. Dry-fry or barbecue, and serve with salad.||2 cups popcorn (air popped)|
|Sample Diet Plan 3||Whole wheat toast and boiled egg – 1 slice wholemeal toast with low-fat butter and 1 boiled egg.||Pitta bread and tzatziki with fruit – Warm 1 wholemeal pitta bread and serve with 170 g tub tzatziki and salad.||Brown Rice and Vegetable curry – Spray a non-stick pan with oil, heat and sauté mushrooms, baby corn and red peppers . Add half jar low-fat korma curry sauce and cook for 15 minutes more. Serve with 6 tbsp cooked brown rice.||Light crackers with cheese|
These were 1000 calorie diet plans that can be used as given or modified as per your requirements. The important thing is to make sure whatever you substitute the meal with should have the same amount of calories. Once you achieve your target weight, slowly increase your consumption to a normal level.