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Reduced-Calorie Diet

What is it?

A reduced-calorie diet focuses on the extreme limitation of food and calories. A diet like this usually contains anywhere from 800 to 1,500 calories each day, which tends to be unsustainable.

When focusing on weight loss, it can be beneficial to focus on long-term results with little changes each day that will add up to weight loss in the future. Reduced-calorie diets tend to be a “quick fix” rather than helping with long-term health benefits.

A reduced-calorie diet would only be recommended to individuals classified as obese or individuals with weight-related health issues requiring immediate weight loss.


  • May assist in weight loss.
  • May help improve medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • May help improve ability to perform physical activities.


  • Not sustainable long-term.
  • Doesn’t emphasize nutrient-dense foods, such fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.
  • May limit ability to perform physical activities if calories are too low.


Try out the reduced-calorie diet with the below recipes from EatingWell.

Decoding the Diet Nutrition Weight Loss

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