900 calories isn’t a lot of nutrients for most people, but depending on your diet goals and physical characteristics, you may benefit from a 900 calorie diet.
For most people though, like I mentioned already, 900 calories isn’t enough food.
If you’re looking to lose weight, a calorie reduced diet can help you achieve really good weight loss. Though your body gets used to the loss in calories and will adjust your metabolism to match the reduced calories you’re getting, you should still see weight loss.
Just be careful not to have a reduced diet that is too extreme. A few days is fine, since our bodies are super super advanced, you’d be okay eating very little for a few days. But long term, you could have problems because now you’re really depriving your body of essential nutrients long term if you maintain a very low caloric diet for many weeks or more.
But, for some people, a 900 calorie diet is what’s needed to lose weight and stay healthy.
How To Approach A 900 Calorie Diet
Personally, I would approach it the same as if I was eating 2000 calories. I wouldn’t change anything. I’d try and eat 3 meals a day. These meals will be smaller, like maybe 300 calories per meal. Obviously, this isn’t a lot of food lol so you’ll need to be careful to not over eat.
To be honest, a 900 calorie diet would almost be like snacking 3 times a day. A few pieces of lunch meat, a few small slices of cheese, and maybe some cherry tomatoes and celery should get you about 300 calories. That’s a snack for most people. If you ate anything larger, like a bowl of rice, you’d could easily over eat. So keep the bowls of rice smaller if you eat stuff like that.
Another way to eat a 900 calorie diet is to not even have “meals”. Just snack on a few things throughout the day as you get hungry. Some people are set on having 3 meals a day, but I disagree. I feel like humans evolved by eating whatever they could find. And trust me, hunter and gathered that we have descended from didn’t have 3 solid meals every day. Some days, they didn’t eat at all, and other days, they ate a lot. Our human bodies are incredible advanced and I feel we can absolutely eat “whenever” and still be extremely healthy.
900 Calorie Meal Plan
Looking for a meal plan for 900 calories?
This resource has thousands of common food items and their caloric count. So if you’re looking for how many calories a certain type of food has, you can use that chart. It’s pretty a pretty ugly chart though, but it gets the job done. Otherwise, you can download an app that tracks calories. These calorie tracking apps have common foods and their caloric values in there. Just hit up your app store and type in food tracker or calories.
Websites With 900 Calorie Meal Plans
I’ve searched google for some websites that have 900 caloric meal plans you can use. This way, you don’t have to build your own meal plan.
Eat This Much – This place is pretty dope, because you can enter how many calories you want to eat “like 900 calories”, and it will generate 3 meals for you to eat in a day, and it will also give you mutational values. It’s tight.
Below is a screenshot of it:
If you’re looking for a shopping lis and a menu plan for a 900 calorie diet, then you can download and print off this spreadsheet here. It’s a simple and easy 900 per day calorie diet plan you can use.
How Many Calories Should You Eat A Day?
If you’re wondering how many calories you should be eating each day, then check out this resource here. You can put your weight, height, and gender, and then select how active you are each day. Once you input that info in, it will display how many calories you should be eating each day.
I used the resource to find out who would need a 900 calorie diet. And it turns out that a 5 foot 4 inch 100 pound 26 year old girl working an office type job would need between 1100 – 1300 calories per day. So a 900 calorie diet for this type of person would be a deficit in nutritional intake, which would mean this person would likely lose weight with a 900 calorie diet.
I personally don’t think 900 calories per day for this type of person would be too extreme. It’s certainly reasonable to start a diet off with 900 calories to begin with and adjust and assess from there. Personally, I’m a dude that needs around 2000 calories, and I can go weeks eating 1500 calories and feel just fine.
How Long Should You Eat A 900 Calorie Diet?
That really depends on how you feel. You can certainly start off with a 900 calorie diet and see how your body reacts to it over the next week or two. If you feel great and you’re having success with it, I would continue. If you start feeling light headed at work and maybe get dizzy sometimes, or you feel more tired and lethargic, then these are signs that you aren’t eating enough food. You should up your calories.
How many calories you should eat each day depends on a lot of factors. But generally speaking, if you want to lose weight, you should be eating less calories. But usually, it’s not recommend you drop your calories by a significant amount. Me personally, I have cut my calories by almost half for a few weeks and can do it. But I know my body and know I can do it, and I also know not everybody can do that.
If you normally need about 1200-1400 calories per day to maintain your weight, you could certainly try a 900 calorie diet. Just make sure to be careful and track your progress. Again, I’m someone who need arounds 200 calories, and I could easily survive on 1500 calories for months. But I get hungry, so that’s easier said than done :).
With that said, 900 calories isn’t a lot of food. A 900 calorie meal plan is a little harder to create in my opinion, because a lot of meals can push you over quickly. Personally, I’d snack on low calorie foods that you like, and just eat a little here and there throughout the day. That’s how I would approach 900 calories. Good luck!