Diabetic Calorie Diet – 1200 Calorie Diet vs. 1800 Calorie Diet

So your a diabetic and the doctor has put u on a 1200 calorie diabetic diet?
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Diabetic 1200 calorie diets are very strict and rather hard to hold to. How do I know? I’m a diabetic AND my doctor put me on a 1200 calorie diet.

I will show you what a 1200 calorie diet consists of, then show you what a 1800 calorie diet consists of. You choose which is right for you.

If you believe you can stick with 1200 calories and be successful, then this is what you must do. I however found it was too limited, which made me prone to cheat.

What I did instead was plan around a diabetic 1800 calorie diet and increase my exercise/activity. If you feel you can not maintain a good amount of exercise/activity, the 1200 calorie diet would be best for you.


With either diet you need to aim for 3 small meals and 2-3 small snacks a day consisting of 50% calories from carbohydrates, 20% from protein and 30% from fat.

– Diabetic 1800 Calorie Diet Example –

Breakfast
2 pieces whole wheat bread
1 medium fruit
8oz skim milk or 1 cup nonfat yogurt
1 tsp margarine, 1 Tbs plain cream cheese or 4 tsp sugar
free jelly

Lunch
2oz lean meat
1oz low-fat cheese
1 cup veggies
2 pieces whole wheat bread
2 cups lettuce with 2 Tbs fat-free dressing
1 small fruit
12oz sugar free pop

Supper
3oz lean meat
1 small potato or 2/3 cup brown rice
1 ½ cup veggies
1 tsp margarine
1 small fruit
1 cup skim milk

Snack 1
1 cup non-fat sugar-free yogurt
20 Almonds

Snack 2
3 cups plain popcorn

Snack 3
1 cup raw veggies
1oz cheese

– Diabetic 1200 Calorie Diet Example –

Breakfast
½ cup oatmeal
1 small piece of fruit
8oz glass of skim milk

Lunch
Turkey/cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread
(2oz turkey breast, 1oz cheese, 2 slices whole wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, 1Tbs mustard or mayo)
1 small piece of fruit

Supper
3oz piece of lean meat
1 cup veggies
small dry potato or 2/3 cup brown rice

Snack 1
½ banana
20 Almonds

Snack 2
8oz low-fat yogurt

It’s easy to see that unless you are a particularly small eater, the diabetic 1200 calorie diet will not satisfy you for very long.
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