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The 1700-calorie diet for slow and steady weight-loss results

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If you are thinking of getting your body ready for the beach, there is a super-effective diet that can help you achieve your body goals. This is a 1700 calorie diet that can help slow and steady loss results.

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Following this diet, you need to focus on healthy food. A balanced mix of foods from all the food groups is recommended on the 1700 Calorie Diet. It’s great, because your body will get enough vitamins and minerals to stay energetic and healthy. The 1700 calorie diet includes foods such as vegetables, lean meats, fruits, low fat dairy, whole grains, and fats.

To extract all the benefits of this diet, you need to stick to the right balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Most nutritionists suggest the following breakdown:

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50% of calories from carbohydrates = 850 calories from carbs or 212 grams of carbs per day

10-30% of calories from healthy fats = 170 – 459 calories or 18 – 51 grams of fats

20-30% of calories from protein = 340 – 459 calories or 85 – 114 grams of protein

To achieve good results, you need to eat 1700 calories a day of healthy food and stick to the proper balance of carbs, proteins, and fats. However, do not count on rapid weight loss. The thing is, this diet works in the long term. So, you can expect a slow, gradual weight loss of a half a pound to 2 pounds per week.

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Advantages and disadvantages of the 1700 calorie diet


  • people who follow this diet are more likely to maintain weight
  • it’s a healthy way to lose weight
  • you get enough calories to support proper nutrition
  • this diet can lead you to a healthy lifestyle
  • the 1700 calorie diet is highly customizable
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  • you have to count calories
  • cooking skills are a plus
  • this diet requires some planning and work
  • the diet works in the long term

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Here is a 1700 calorie meal plan for a day

This one-day menu contains 1700 calories with 100 grams of protein, 68 grams of fat, and 179 grams of carbohydrates.

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs, cooked anyway you prefer, 1 slice whole grain toast with 1 tsp butter, 1/2 grapefruit
  • Morning Snack: 1/2 cup of fresh berries, 1/2 cup of lowfat plain yogurt
  • Lunch: a grilled chicken sandwich made with 3 ounces of grilled chicken, 1 slice of cheddar cheese and low fat mayo on 2 slices of whole grain bread, mixed green salad with 2 tablespoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Afternoon Snack: 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, 1 small apple, 6 whole grain crackers
  • Dinner: 4 ounces of salmon or tuna, 1 cup of broccoli drizzled with a tablespoon of olive oil, 3/4 cup of brown rice.

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This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!


  1. A 1,700-Calorie Diet (2019, livestrong.com)
  2. Very Low-Calorie Diets: What You Need to Know (2018, webmd.com)
  3. Sample Menus for a 1,700 Low-Calorie Diet (2020, verywellfit.com)
Kristen Fleming

Kristen Fleming

I am a U.S. educated and trained Registered Dietitian (MS, RD, CNSC) with clinical and international development experience. I have experience conducting systematic reviews and evaluating the scientific literature both as a graduate student and later to inform my own evidence-based practice as an RD. I am currently based in Lusaka, Zambia after my Peace Corps service was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for some meaningful work to do as I figure out next steps. This would be my first freelance project, but I am a diligent worker and quite used to independent and self-motivated work.

Kristen Fleming, MS, RD, CNSC

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