2500 Calorie Weight Loss Meal Plan


Congratulations on choosing to eat right! This 2500 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 2500 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 - 630 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt, 1.5 tbsp
  • Orange Juice, 5 fl oz
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.5 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Onions, raw, 4 slice, medium (1/8" thick)
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Saute raw, cubed potatoes and chopped onions in oil for a few minutes to brown. Add pureed tomatoes and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add garbanzo beans and heat. Dish up and top with shredded cheese.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Portobello Burgers RECIPE, 2 serving
  • Yogurt, fruit, 1 container (5 oz)
  • Oranges, 1 fruit (2-5/8" dia)
  • Blueberries, fresh, 0.75 cup
  • Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 0.2 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • Mayonnaise, regular (mayo), 0.5 tbsp
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Turkey breast, sliced, oven roasted, luncheon meat, 4 ounce(s)
  • Apples, fresh with skin, 1 small (2-1/2" dia) (approx 4 per lb)
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz
  • Directions: Wrap asparagus with thinly sliced turkey.

Day 2

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Yogurt, plain, low fat, 0.5 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cream Cheese, 2 tbsp
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Potato Chips, reduced fat, 0.75 oz
  • Cream Cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Add crumbled veggie burgers, spinach, sauce and mozzarella to pasta. Heat and top with parmesan. Serve with peaches and pears and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Peas, edible-podded, raw, 12 pea pods
  • Bread, reduced-calorie, wheat, 2 slice
  • French's Sweet & Tangy Honey Mustard, 4 tsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 3

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Total Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Kraft Light Done Right Italian Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Directions: Spread cream cheese on bagel. Top lettuce with dressing. Serve raisins and nuts on the side.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Tofu, firm, prepared with calcium sulfate and magnesium chloride (nigari), 0.75 cup
  • Pineapple, fresh, 1.5 slice (3-1/2" dia x 3/4" thick)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Cauliflower, raw, 0.5 cup
  • Potatoes, baked, flesh and skin, with salt, 0.5 potato (2-1/3" x 4-3/4")
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Steam potatoes and cauliflower, then mash with parmesan and butter. Top sliced tofu with balsamic and oil; broil until crispy, turning halfway. Serve with fruit and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Croutons, seasoned, 0.5 cup
  • Russian Salad Dressing, low calorie, 2 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 4

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Strawberries, fresh, 12 large (1-3/8" dia)
  • Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, 0.6 cup (1 serving)
  • Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Beans, red kidney, 0.6 cup
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 cup, chopped or sliced
  • Sweet peppers (bell), 0.5 large (2-1/4 per lb, approx 3-3/4" long, 3" dia)
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup
  • Directions: Top chips with beans, cheese, peppers and tomatoes; cook until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream. Make peach salsa by chopping peach and adding to store-bought salsa.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Beans, white, 0.5 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Heat oil and add minced garlic and saute. Add chopped tomatoes and properly prepared beans, cover with fresh spinach, cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Spoon over prepared noodles and top with cheese.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Hard Salami, 3 slice (3-1/8" dia x 1/16" thick)
  • Grapes, 18 grape, seedless
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Hard Pretzels, 1 oz
  • Cream Cheese, 1 tbsp
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)

Day 5

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Egg, fresh, whole, raw, 2 medium
  • Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties (original sausage), 2 patty
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Flour Tortillas, 1 tortilla, medium (approx 6" dia)
  • Decaffeinated Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Directions: Melt cheese in the tortilla, add scrambled egg, crumbled breakfast patties, roll and enjoy.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Broccoli, fresh, 2 spear (about 5" long)
  • Baked Potato, with skin, 0.5 medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" dia.)
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Herbal Tea, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 1 oz
  • Morning Star Garden Veggie Burger, 1 serving(s)
  • Pears, fresh, 0.5 pear, large (approx 2 per lb)
  • Peaches, fresh, 1 large (2-3/4" dia) (approx 2-1/2 per lb)
  • Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.5 cup
  • Spinach, frozen, 0.5 cup
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti, cooked (pasta), 0.6 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Add crumbled veggie burgers, spinach, sauce and mozzarella to pasta. Heat and top with parmesan. Serve with peaches and pears and milk.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Spinach, fresh, 2 cup
  • Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia)
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Salsa, 0.13 cup

Day 6

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain, 6 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins, 1 serving
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Swiss Cheese, 1 oz
  • Beans, black, 0.6 cup
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Tangerines, 2 small (2-1/4" dia)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Cucumber (with peel), 1 cup slices
  • Wild Rice, 0.6 cup
  • Dinner Rolls, wheat, 1 roll (1 oz)
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Directions: Top salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds and Swiss cheese
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, 2 oz
  • Beans, pinto, 0.6 cup
  • Fruit Cocktail, 0.5 cup
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Tortilla Chips, 0.75 oz
  • Sour Cream, reduced fat, 2 tbsp
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Soak, rinse and drain beans if needed then mash. Break up chips and add to lettuce, top with mashed beans and shredded cheese with sour cream on top and a splash of taco sauce.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Cashew Butter, 1.5 tbsp
  • Applesauce, unsweetened, 0.75 cup
  • Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
  • Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, 1 muffin, toaster
  • Butter, unsalted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high)

Day 7

  • Breakfast - 630 calories
  • Milk, nonfat, 1 cup
  • Hard Boiled Egg, 1.5 large
  • Banana, fresh, 0.5 large (8" to 8-7/8" long)
  • Corn Chex Cereal, 0.75 cup (1 serving)
  • Bread, whole wheat (including toast) prepared from recipe, 1 slice, thin (3-3/4" x 5" x 3/8")
  • Tea, brewed, 6 fl oz
  • Directions: Can include 1 teaspoon of margarine or butter for toast.
  • Lunch - 750 calories
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 1 oz
  • Walnuts, 0.75 oz
  • Almonds, 0.25 cup, sliced
  • Raisins, 0.5 small box (1.5 oz)
  • Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded
  • Bagels, plain, 0.5 bagel (3-1/2" dia)
  • Kraft Light Done Right Italian Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp
  • Hazelnuts, 5 nuts
  • Directions: Spread cream cheese on bagel. Top lettuce with dressing. Serve raisins and nuts on the side.
  • Dinner - 805 calories
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated, 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, 0.5 cup
  • Lentils, 0.6 cup
  • Cantaloupe, 2 wedge, large (1/8 of large melon)
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes, 4 slice, medium (1/4" thick)
  • Spaghetti, cooked without added salt (pasta), 0.5 cup
  • Olive Oil, 1 1tsp
  • Directions: Fully cook lentils until soft to add to pureed, seasoned and cooked tomatoes for 'meat' sauce.
  • Snack - 365 calories
  • Bacon, pork, microwaved, 4 medium slices, cooked (raw product packed 20/lb)
  • Apple juice, unsweetened, 4 fl oz
  • Asparagus, fresh, 5 spear, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long)
  • Whole-Wheat Crackers, 0.75 oz
  • Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz