Use this guide to stay on track when eating a 1500-calorie diet.
If you are hoping to shed a few pounds or simply embrace a healthy lifestyle, gaining awareness of your caloric intake is a great jumping-off point. With the help of registered dietitian Megan Casper, M.S., RDN, owner of Nourished Bite, you can learn what a 1500-calorie meal plan looks like from start to finish. On this plan, you can choose from two different options for each meal of the day and once you get the hang of it, you can get creative and come up with new recipes and combinations all your own. As always, consult your doctor before starting any weight loss plan to make sure it suits your needs. By eating meals full of protein, fiber, and all the nutrients your body needs, you will stay satisfied longer and you'll have an easier time reining in your cravings.
For dinner, aim for about 450-500 calories. Enjoy the simplicity of a burger—guilt-free—with a veggie option, which has both fiber and protein, and a side of sweet potato fries. Craving something decadent? Try this version of shrimp scampi with zucchini pasta, which is coated with flavorful herbs, spices, and Parmesan cheese. Finish it off with a piece of heart-healthy dark chocolate to satisfy your decadent dessert cravings.