Not sure what 1500 calories looks like? Here are sample menus for 3 days with delicious, healthy options.
A 1500 calorie diet plan is the plan I seem recommend most often to my patients. That’s because a 1500 calorie plan allows for a reasonable amount of food, and generally leads to a healthy rate of weight loss in most people – as long as regular exercise is part of the equation. I always encourage my patients to tackle their weight issues with a one-two punch of diet and exercise, and a 1500 calorie plan reinforces that strategy.
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Who should choose a 1500 calorie diet plan?
A 1500 calorie meal plan might be right for you if you are a female who gets regular exercise but is still seeking weight loss, if you are a male who is only lightly active and seeks weight loss, or if you are 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 goals.
A drop of no more than 2 pounds (1 kg) per week is considered a safe rate of weight loss. If you are losing more quickly than that, move up to the next highest calorie level. If you are 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. As with any diet plan, regular exercise is not only a healthy habit, it also helps you to burn more calories to help you reach your weight goals.
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 + 1 Taste Enhancer + 1 Fruit
Snack: 1 Protein Snack + 1 Vegetable
Dinner: 2 Protein + 1 Starch/Grain + 2 Vegetable + Leafy Greens + 1 Taste Enhancer
Snack: 1 Fruit
Daily Totals: 4 Protein, 3 Fruit, 4-5 Vegetable, 2 Starch/Grain, 1 Protein Snack, Leafy Greens – no limit, 2 Taste Enhancer
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 you keep your energy level up, and protein at each meal (and for the afternoon snack) will help to keep you from getting too hungry.
Take a look at my ‘How to Create Your Own Sample Diet Plan” article which provides all the details on portion sizes for each food group. You can find other options if there’s something in the meal plan that you don’t like, don’t have time to prepare, or can’t get hold of. That way, you can customize your own 1500 calorie diet plans.
Remember that swapping out one or two meals a day for an Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Drink or an Herbalife Express Meal Bar can be an easy alternative if you’re pressed for time or looking for a convenient alternative.
- 1 cup (250g) nonfat cottage cheese
- 1 cup (80g) strawberries
- Sprinkled with cinnamon
Large salad made with:
- 1 ounce (30g) soy nuts
- Carrot and celery sticks
- 8 ounces (200g) grilled salmon with lemon
- 2 cups (160g) steamed green beans with garlic
- ½ cup (150g) cooked brown rice
- 2 Tablespoons (30g) reduced calorie salad dressing
- 1 whole egg + 4 egg whites scrambled in nonstick pan with pan spray
- Topped with tomato salsa
- 1 cup (80g) cut melon
Veggie stir-fry. Saute together tofu and veggies:
- 5 ounces (125g) firm tofu, cut into cubes
- 1 cup (80g) broccoli florets
- Large bunch fresh spinach leaves
- 2 tsp. (10 ml) oil to stir-fry
- Season with soy sauce, garlic, pepper and ginger
- ½ cup (150g) steamed brown rice
- 8 ounces (200g) grilled shrimp
- ½ cup (150g) cooked quinoa
- 2 cups (160g) chopped mixed vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cucumber, onion)
- Place on a bed of leafy greens
- 1 cup (250g) plain nonfat yogurt
- 1 banana, sliced
- Sprinkle with nutmeg
- 4 ounces (100g) grilled halibut
- 1 cup (80g) steamed asparagus with lemon
- ½ cup (150g) whole grain pasta
- 1 cup (80g) berries
- ½ cup (125g) nonfat cottage cheese
- 1 cup (80g) chopped mixed raw vegetables (carrot, red pepper and broccoli florets are a nice combination)
- season with salt, pepper, dried dill or chives
- 6 ounces (170g) grilled lean steak
- 2 cups (160g) roasted Brussels sprouts (halve, toss with olive oil, roast at 400 F / 205 C for 20 minutes)
- 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil (for Brussels sprouts)
- Steamed kale, spinach or Swiss chard with vinegar
- ½ small sweet potato sprinkled with ginger