What Is a General 1,200-Calorie Diet?


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A typical 1,200 calorie diet includes approximately 4 ounces of grains, 2 cups of dairy, 1 1/2 cups of vegetables, 1 cup of fruit, and 3 ounces of meat or beans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA recommends eating three meals and two snacks throughout the day.

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Each meal is roughly 300 calories each with two 150-calorie snacks in between. Fat, sugar and salt additions are kept to a minimum totaling no more than 170 calories in one day, which equals approximately 4 teaspoons of oil. A sample meal plan can include a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit accompanied with a whole wheat sandwich for lunch and fish with rice and a vegetable medley for dinner.

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