The 1000 Calorie Diet: Can You Survive?

One of the best ways to lose weight is to count calories.  However, is this something you can continue doing safely?  Obviously, the answer depends largely on the person, their body type, and personal weight loss goal.

It is believed that a 1000 calorie diet is only suitable for someone who has a minimal amount of weight to lose and does not engage in strenuous physical activity on a regular basis.  On the other hand, if a person is very active, trying to survive on a 1000 calorie diet could end up doing damage to their bodies instead of helping them become healthy, fit and trim.

This being a measuring element, the first step to take is to gauge how active you are.  To begin with, you don’t have to be a work-out freak to need more than 1000 calories a day.  For example, if you ride your bike to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do any kind of physical labor, the 1000 calorie diet won’t be right for you.  However, if you’re more housebound, or tied to a computer in your cubicle at work, then it may be something that would work for you.

The next step, once you’ve determined that the 1000 calorie diet is right for you, is to prepare a menu of what you can eat to stay within 1000 calories per day.  First off, you will need to eliminate dairy products from your menu.  Not only are these high in fat, but they’re extremely high in calories as well.  Keep in mind: a single piece of light cheddar cheese is 250 calories – or roughly 25% of what you’ll be taking in during a typical 24 hour day!

Another food group to eliminate would be the fattier meats such as beef, pork and dark-meat chicken.  Unfortunately, these also tend to be the tastier meats, but if you are serious about losing weight, they have to go.  You should also avoid shellfish, which provide higher calories and less nutrition than scaled-fish.

And it should go without saying that you need to avoid all fried foods!

By now you are probably getting the idea that you need to spread your 1000 calorie diet throughout your meals and snacks over a 24 hour period.  One sure-fire way to start the day is to eat two hard-boiled eggs and an apple for breakfast.  Yes, I know it’s boring, but keep focused on why you are doing this in the first place.  That should take some of the edge off!

For your lunch, consider eating fish (salmon is a good choice) or white-meat chicken and some green vegetables.  Also, make sure to avoid heavy dressing on your salad; something like green beans or edamame will better fit your dietary needs.

It is okay to have a mid-afternoon snack (you will probably crave this at first!).  For example, a handful of almonds and a fresh piece of fruit works great. Consider a banana or peach, as long as it’s fresh and unprocessed.  The purpose of a snack is to tide you over until the evening meal.

You will want your dinner to consist of some lean protein, similar to your lunchtime meal.  You can also take in some carbs, such as whole wheat pasta.

However you go about your diet plan, make sure you measure out exact amounts by calculating total calories equaling 1000 calories daily and you’ll be well on your way to making the 1000 calorie diet a part of your road to a slimmer, trimmer you!