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I always encourage my patients to tackle their weight issues with a one-two punch of diet and exercise, and a 1500 calorie diet plan reinforces this approach. This type of plan allows for a reasonable amount of food, and it generally leads to a healthy rate of weight loss in most people.
A 1500 calorie diet plan might be right for you if you’re a female who gets regular exercise but you’re still seeking weight loss. This also applies if you’re a male who’s only lightly active and seeks weight loss, or if you’re a male over the age of 50 who gets minimal activity. It should go without saying that regular exercise is important for your health and can also help you reach your weight loss goals.
A drop of no more than 2 pounds (1 kg) per week is considered a safe rate of weight loss. If you’re losing more quickly than that, move up to the next highest calorie level. If you’re losing more slowly than that, you can try the 1200 calorie diet plan, but you shouldn’t cut your intake to less than 1200 calories per day.
1500 calorie diet plan overview
This plan calls for three meals and two snacks each day. Here is the basic breakdown for the 1500 calorie diet plan:
Breakfast: 1 Protein + 1 Fruit (+ vegetables if desired)
Lunch: 1 Protein + 1 Vegetable + Leafy Greens + 1 Starch/Grain + 1 Beneficial Fat
Snack: 1 Protein Snack
Dinner: 1½ Proteins + 2 Vegetable + Leafy Greens + 2 Starch/Grain 1 Beneficial Fat
Snack: 1 Protein Snack
Daily Totals: 3½ Protein, 1 Fruit, 3 Vegetable + leafy greens, 3 Starch/Grain, 2 Protein Snacks, 2 Beneficial Fats
As long as you don’t exceed the daily totals for each food group, feel free to move your portions around. But try to keep the same general pattern of three meals and at least one snack. It’s not recommended that you skip meals and then “double up” at the next one. More evenly spaced meals will help keep your energy level up, and protein at each meal (and for the afternoon snack) will help to keep you from getting too hungry.
3-day menus for a 1500 calorie diet
Large salad made with:
Veggie and Tofu stir-fry. Sauté veggies in oil, then add tofu and seasonings:
Grain salad with protein. Toss together:
Tuna pita pocket:
Want more options? Customize your own 1,500 calorie diet plan with these additional tips.