If you want to lose weight, you have to create a calorie deficit, and that's where this week-long, 1,500-calorie meal plan can come in handy. While the exact number of calories you need to eat to lose weight can vary based on a number of factors - including your activity level - 1,500 is a pretty solid place to start. That's 500 less than a standard 2,000-calorie diet, enough to shed one pound of fat in a week, according to experts.
Following a meal plan can help take the guesswork out of what to eat and how much. This one lists a calorie count for each meal and snack (based on one serving, unless otherwise noted), and is packed with variety so you'll never grow bored with the menu. And if you're worried that cutting calories will leave you feeling hungry and cranky, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of food you can have each day. Keep reading to see for yourself.