1200 Calorie Weight Loss Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This 1200 Calorie Weight Loss Meal Plan was designed for you by our nutrition experts to give you a week's worth of delicious and nutritious food that will help you reach your goals in a healthy way. We put in the time and research to ensure that these meal plans will keep you full and happy over the next week, and we've even linked to a few of our favorite recipes to make this whole process easier. (You'll be able to see the calorie totals to the right of each meal, in red.) Additionally, we've given you some guidance as to how big the portions should be for each food item. If you'd like to see more 1200 Calorie Weight Loss Meal Plans, track your food intake over time or get advice from our team of health experts, sign up for a FREE SparkPeople account in under a minute by clicking right here.

Day 1

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Almond Butter, 0.5 tbsp
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Grilled Lemongrass Beef RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Brown Rice, long grain, 0.5 cup
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Grapefruit, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Yo Plus Digestive Health Strawberry Yogurt, 1 serving
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin, without salt, 0.5 small
  • Cornbread, 0.6 piece
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Flank Steak, 3 oz
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Bologna, turkey, 2.5 slices
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin RECIPE, 1 serving
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Canola Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Hellmann's , Light Mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp, 1 serving
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Prepare beans as necessary then marinate with Balsamic Vinegar and chopped onion and chill. Eat as a cold salad.

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Place cheese on flat tortilla and heat in the microwave until slightly melted, wrap and eat.
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Garlic-Spiked Broccoli and Mushrooms with Rosemary RECIPE, 0.5 serving
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)
  • Directions: Dip cold steamed green beans in hummus.

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Instant, Quick, and Regular Oats Cereal, cooked with water, 0.75 cup, cooked
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 0.5 tbsp
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
  • Tilapia (3.5 oz or 99.2g), 6 oz
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Mrs. Dash (R) Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend, 0.25 tsp
  • Directions: Rub tilapia with olive oil and lemon pepper. Bake at 375F for roughly 20 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Serve with broccoli steamed in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.75 cup (not packed)
  • Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, roasted, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Couscous, 1 oz, dry, yields
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Snack - 160 calories
  • Hummus, 0.3 cup
  • Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 260 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving)
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 455 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 0.5 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 455 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Turkey, Ground turkey, 93% lean, 3 oz
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Puree tomatoes and cook for sauce. Add browned ground turkey and mix. Top cooked spaghetti with sauce and top with Parmesan cheese.