Wondering what a 1200 calorie bariatric diet looks like? Look no further.
Here's an example of a 1200 calorie balanced diet you might use for the weight maintenance stage or for getting back on track if you've started to regain some weight.
If you want to plan your own 1200 calorie menus, here are 4 simple ways to divide the calories:
Get the idea? Having a calorie budget in mind before you begin each meal and/or snack will help guide your choices and portions.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Food is more than numbers. Eating quality foods will help control quantity.
At first glance, assigning a simple calorie goal for each meal might lead you to believe it’s ok to eat anything if it fits the calorie budget. Definitely not true. Eating 200 calories worth of snack foods, 6 times per day = 1200 calories. But this is obviously not the goal!
The proportion of the bariatric plate provides a good visual of how to divvy up calories.
Spend the bulk of your calories at each meal on protein and vegetables, and smaller amounts on quality carbs (and healthy added fats/flavorings).
If you have 200 calories to spend at a meal, try this:
If you have 300 calories to spend at a meal, try this :
If you like numbers, these bariatric macros may be useful. A calorie distribution of 40/30/30 (carbs/protein/fat) is considered a low carb, healthy diet.
On a 1200 calorie bariatric diet, this translates to:
There are many ways to follow a 1200 calorie bariatric diet.