A 1,200 calorie day in my world

Over the last few days, I have found myself being asked: Well, what do you eat?

My very simple weight loss pan (now maintenance plan), was to lose five pounds — eating 1,200 calories a day and exercising moderately. When I lost the five, I would gradually increase my calories to 1,500 – 2,000 a day, trying to ascertain the point at which I stated to gain weight. When I gained three pounds, I would drop down to 1,200 a day until I lost another five, and so on.

Whenever I tell people this, their first question is usually: Can it be 1,200 calories of anything? Mmm, probably not — especially if you want it to be sustainable.

So, just to provide an example, here is my typical 1,200 calorie day:

March 24, 2009 (taken from my food diary):

Shake, 270 calories

Apple, 80 calories

Pita Bread & Hummus, 130 calories
Salad, 65 calories
Tabouli, 100 calories

Orange, 64 calories
1/2 cup soup, 39 calories

1 cup Brown Basmati Rice, 150 calories
Lentil Dal, 173 (recipe)

1/2 cup Soy Ice Cream, 130 calories

Total : 1201 calories

As you can see, I’m a healthy grazer. I eat about every two to three hours. Not bad work if you can get it!

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