The Ultimate Guide To The 1,700 Calorie Diet

In a world that is filled with the latest and greatest diets tips, tricks and gimmicks why should one like the 1,700 Calorie Diet be any different? Nowadays it feels as if virtually everyone has taken to become a nutrition expert, however, if is increasingly clear that so very few people are actually happy with the way that they eat. Particularly in the fast-paced, stress-filled society that we live in! The good news is that the best nutrition strategy that leads to weight loss and a far happier lifestyle is most certainly attainable! And it happens by being proactive, because it is one’s behavior, and not their idea, that actually achieves results!

The 1,700 Calorie Diet, is well on the rise due to the transitional ease of incorporating delicious foods that are not only low in calories, they are incredibly filling as well! It most certainly would appear that the 1,700 Calorie Diet, is not just another diet trend to hit the market, it is shaping people’s lives by teaching them how to eat properly in a way that leaves them feeling satiated and also assisting them in reaching their ultimate body goals!

Regardless of what your ultimate health goal is, be it to lose weight, gain weight or even simply maintain the current weight that you are at, it all comes down to one simple fact: Calories Count! The 1,700 Calorie Diet is a decreased calorie plan that can assist active men and women to lose weight, and to also assist inactive women over the age of 50 to maintain their current healthy weight.

In order to to receive the utmost nutrients out of each food in your 1,700 Calorie Diet, it is essential to incorporate foods from all food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods into each of your meals. Be sure to balance out your meals with super-healthy protein sources such as poultry, lean red meat, eggs, seafood and legumes (beans), and be sure to not forget your healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.

Meal planning for the 1,700 Calorie Diet is super simple, it looks like this: your daily food intake should consist of three meals of 500 calories each, leaving room for two 100-calorie snacks to keep you going in between meals. When you take the time to plan out just how much you are going to consume at each meal, including your snacks and also manage to eat regularly (which can be hard once we get into work mode!) throughout your day significantly assists your body in controlling hunger pangs and also making it so much easier for you to not only achieve your goal weight, but to also maintain it!

Sample Breakfasts

How many times in your life have you heard the age-old saying that boasts that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Well, it appears as if that saying is certainly age-old for a reason because it is true! Each and every single day should get kicked off the right way with a healthy and hearty breakfast. Here are some good sample breakfast ideas, all of which are at your 500 calorie goal mark:
  • 1 cup of whole grain oatmeal made with 1 cup of nonfat milk or soy milk, topped with approximately 10 chopped pecans and 1 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 1 slice of 100% whole grain toast with a tablespoon of almond butter, a hard-boiled egg, large orange and one cup plain coffee or tea as a beverage
  • Two scrambled eggs with one slice of 100% whole grain toast and 1 tablespoon of 100-percent fruit spread. One cup 100% apple juice as a beverage, if desired.
  • An omelet made with three eggs, 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms with 1 ounce of low-fat cheese, served with a toasted whole-wheat English muffin
  • Smoothie with 12 ounces of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt blended with 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries, 1 cup fresh mango and 1/4 of ripe avocado.
  • One slice 100% whole grain toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/2 grapefruit, and 1 cup non-fat milk.
Sample Lunches

When it comes to lunch time, you should direct your focus on foods that are rich in fiber such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains in order to remain satiated and satisfied all afternoon long. Some good sample lunches that you may like to consider are:
  • A colorful salad of which consists of 2 cups of mixed greens, 1/2 cup of sliced cucumbers, 1/4 cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, a dozen chopped almonds, 1/2 cup of chickpeas and 2 tablespoons of a low-fat salad dressing of your choice. Feel free to serve with a 6-ounce container of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of raisins to top it all off!
  • Wrap with a whole grain tortilla, 1/2 cup chopped chicken, three tomato slices, a handful of lettuce, 1 ounce of light, shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise if desired. 1 cup of non-fat milk as a beverage, if desired.
  • 2 cups of heart-healthy minestrone soup with a whole-grain roll and 1 ounce of part-skim mozzarella string cheese, with a small red apple and about 20 peanuts on the side.
  • 2 slices 100% whole grain bread with 2 ounces of sliced roast beef, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, and a tablespoon mustard. Side dish additions can include 1/2 cup of sliced carrots and 1 cup of non-fat milk as a beverage
  • Salad comprised of 2 cups of mixed greens, 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, 6 cucumber slices, 3 ounces of cooked shrimp, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar as a dressing. Add a small 100% whole grain dinner roll to round out the meal!
  • 6-inch pita stuffed with 3 ounces of smoked turkey breast, with an ounce of Swiss cheese and loaded with sliced tomato and lettuce. Serve with a cup carrot and celery sticks and 2 tablespoons of low-fat ranch dressing and orange slices.

Sample Dinners

After a long day at work or home with the kids, you are most likely going to want to spring for a simple dinner to stay on track of your low-calorie portions. Some super simple, and nutrient loaded options are:
  • 1 cup of cooked whole-wheat penne pasta with 2 cups of cooked mixed veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, 3 ounces of peeled and cooked shrimp and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.
  • A bean and cheese burrito comprised of a 6-inch whole-wheat tortilla, 1/2 cup of pureed pinto beans (way lower in calories than a standard can of refried beans), 1 ounce of Pepper Jack cheese, served with 1/2 cup of brown rice and a side of 1 cup mixed greens topped off with 2 tablespoons of a low-fat dressing of your choice.
  • Three-ounce sirloin steak, 1 cup cooked green beans and a medium baked sweet potato. One small glass red wine as a beverage, if desired.
  • 4 ounces of roasted chicken breast with 1.5 cups of roasted new potatoes and 2 cups of roasted asparagus.
  • One burrito comprised of 1/2 cup cooked, chopped chicken, 1-ounce low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, 3 tablespoons fresh salsa, lettuce and 1 tablespoon fat-free sour cream (optional). Side your plate with 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1/2 cup black beans. One small glass of white wine for a beverage, if desired.

Snack Ideas

It is essential to pre-portion and pack your snacks so that you do not find yourself overindulging and taking in way too many calories during a nosh session. Some incredibly healthy and nutritious 100 calorie snack options to incorporate into your 1,700 Calorie Diet plan are as follows:
  • 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 10 pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup of whole grain unsweetened cereal with 1/2 cup of nonfat milk
  • 2 cups of mixed greens topped off with 2 tablespoons of low-fat salad dressing of your choice
  • A small apple with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 4 cups of plain air-popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups of cubed or balled cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup baby-cut carrots
  • 1 serving low-fat, sugar-free fruit-flavored yogurt
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 apple with ten almonds

Losing weight is most certainly of no easy task. And it is vitally important to note that in order to truly reach your ultimate weight loss goals, particularly in a timely fashion that a good fitness routine is also of the utmost importance. Small changes in your day to day lifestyle can certainly make all of the difference in completely transforming your body. If hitting the local gym really is not your first option to exercising, consider going to a light run or moderate-fast paced walk in the morning before work, on your lunch break or even when you get home at the end of the day. You can even take advantage of purchasing a work-out DVD or signing up for an online fitness program. The options nowadays are truly limitless and finding the time to workout and get in shape is a thing of the past. So here’s the kicker…  if you have 20 minutes of time, three or more times a week, you can work out!

Feel free to explore a number of various healthy foods, this article is merely an inspirational set of guidelines to kick start your personal 1,700 Calorie Diet. Feel free to transform it and make it entirely your own; the options are endless! Be sure to fill your body with water as well, you really can not have enough throughout the day. Water keeps your body filled up and energized and also greatly supports your metabolism and can aid in weight loss. If you aren’t the biggest water-fan, feel free to add slices of lemon or lime to give it some low-calorie flavor! And with keep beverages in mind, you must also remember that if you do opt for a beverage that contains calories, those calorie counts must be incorporated into your total 1,700 calorie count for the day. One of the biggest fails in overdoing a limited calorie diet comes in the way of the sneaky calories in beverages. The bottom line here is, if ever in doubt, reach for the water! 

To sum it all up, it is so invaluably important to remember to never be too hard on yourself. Weight loss is most certainly not a race, and no two bodies are the same. If you slip up on your plan, just get right back down to business the next day. Be sure to never give up, stay upbeat and positive and you too will find yourself reaching your ultimate health and well-being goals! 

Be sure to always consult with your doctor or dietitian to weigh out all of your specific calorie and diet requirements prior to making any changes to your normal eating habits.

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