How to Survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five Days

I think I’d like to start off by saying, I don’t like dieting. AT ALL. I don’t even know why I agreed to doing a this! But I said yes, so I stuck to it. Did I survive a 1200 calorie diet for five days? Maybe not, but I’m hoping you would so here are some tips for you!

Tips on how to survive a 1200 calorie diet for five days

1. Choose the menu for you!

Since I don’t cook at home, I decided to try one of those food delivery plans. I’ve had a lot of friends try different plans so after looking for recommendations and scouring online, I landed on the Delicious Diet page. Lucky for me, they were showcasing their bestsellers this week! Some personal favorites of mine were the Mini Pancakes with Mix Fruits, and Jamaican Pork Jerk with Sweet Potato & Mushroom.

Survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five Days with this menu!
Photo from DeliciousDietPH

2. You cannot survive a 1200 Calorie Diet for Five days by yourself

You need to be accountable with people. Who else is going to police you when you’re tempted to cheat? I shared this diet plan with people at home, work, and at church. Although they found my commentary funny, I’m glad they were supportive of what I was doing overall. In fact, sometimes they were the ones giving me reminders or asking about what I was eating.

3. Take it one day at a time

I caught myself thinking too far ahead on the first day. It was halfway through lunch when I started thinking about how long the five days were going to be. After realizing that I was psyching myself out, I quickly readjusted my perspective. I thought about Prayer and Fasting Week in church and saw that this was no different. I was replacing my normal food intake with something better so I just had to take it one meal at a time, one day at a time.

4. Hydrate!

So much emphasis has to be put on here. Although I ate less food, I still had the same amount of activities throughout the week. In order to stop my tummy from rumbling or from fainting from the heat, I had to drink water constantly.

5. Don’t give up!

I was struggling on the first day. I actually ended up going on searching online how many calories were in KFC Hotshots so that I could replace my dinner meal with it. But I was ready to get back into the groove of things the day after. Like I said, we just have to take it one day at a time. Change doesn’t happen in an instant but you can start working on developing healthier habits today!

It was definitely a roller coaster  for me. But I’m ending on a high note. Yes, I may have stumbled but I definitely learned how to treat my body better. This diet plan made me eat more often but it did make me eat less. I was hungry for most of the time but I was always full after eating.

Would I recommend this for you? Yes!

Would I do this again? Definitely, maybe.

I’m hoping to learn how to cook or count calories so I can personalize a menu for myself but for now, I’m going to have to rely on these delivery meal plans.


This diet plan was recommended to me by Tikboy. He’s our go-to fitness guy in the ministry. If you ever have any questions on dieting and working out, reach out to him!

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