1,700-Calorie Diet

Eating 1700 calories per day is a maintenance plan for a medium-sized woman. If the dieter exercises frequently, she is likely to lose weight moderately on this diet due to the increase in her metabolism rate. BMR, or basal metabolic rate, is the largest factor in determining an individual’s total metabolic rate. Very simply, BMR is the minimum amount of calories your body requires to sustain life and to maintain bodily functions while at rest. In other words, it is the amount of energy your body would expend if you were to lie in bed all day.
The BMR is also used to determine how many calories a person needs in order to gain, lose or maintain their current weight. A person’s BMR is assessed by looking at various components of genetic and environmental factors, including gender, genetics, age, weight, surface area of your body, body fat percentage, body temperature, external temperature, and physical activity level.
1700 Calorie Diet Sample

Whole grain waffles with roasted apricots and pecans

Ricotta cheese



Water, black coffee, or unsweetened tea

Turkey sloppy joe on whole wheat bun

Slice of Mozzarela cheese

Sliced peaches

Water, black coffee, or unsweetened tea
Afternoon Snack:

Low-fat yogurt

Water, black coffee, or unsweetened tea

Chicken breast wrapped around cranberries
Sage stuffing

Brown rice

Vegetable pilaf

Spiced carrots and raisons

Water, black coffee, or unsweetened tea
Tips for Sticking With Your Diet and Eating Nutritiously:

  • Eat before you feel extremely hungry.
  • Plan meals and snacks.
  • Provide plenty of variety.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Be aware of emotional eating.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Give yourself permission to be human.