Hey there! If you’re reading this, you’re probably starting (or considering starting) the 1700-calorie meal plan. 1700 calories is a great starting point for most people trying to lose weight. A reasonable amount of food will allow you to see results without feeling deprived.
This meal plan includes some of my favorite healthy, delicious recipes. I’m confident you’ll love them too!
Each day of this 1700-calorie meal plan includes a mix of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Each recipe is relatively easy to make and packed with nutrients. I hope you enjoy this 1700-calorie meal plan!
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What a 1700-calorie day looks like?
If you’re looking to consume 1700 calories in a day, you can do so by eating three meals that are each around 400-500 calories. In addition to three meals, you can also have snacks in between each meal. Each snack can average 100-200 calories.
It is important to note that 1700 calories are just one part of the equation. You want to ensure that you eat all five of the food groups in appropriate amounts. Eating various foods from each food group will help you get the most nutrients possible.
About the 1700-calorie meal plan:
This plan outlines three sample days of eating at 1700 calories. Each day includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks.
The calorie and macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats) are detailed below.
This meal plan provides 1700 calories for your day while incorporating a balanced macronutrient distribution. The 1700-calorie meal plan is composed of 35% protein, 35% carbohydrates, and 30% fat.
- Total calories: 1700 Calories
- Protein: 35% Protein
- Carbohydrate: 35% Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fat: 30% Fat
This macro split would be considered a high protein, moderate to a low carbohydrate, and fat diet. (1)
This 1700-calorie meal plan provides 35% of the daily caloric intake in the form of protein. This meal plan provides 150 grams of protein which is 595 calories from protein. (1)
- Percentage of calories: 35% Protein
- Number of calories: 595 calories
- Number of grams: 150 g
This 1700-calorie meal plan provides 35% of the daily caloric intake in the form of carbohydrates. This meal plan provides 150 grams of carbohydrates which is 595 calories from carbohydrates. (1)
- Percentage of calories: 35% carbs
- Number of calories: 595 calories
- Number of grams: 150 g + Fiber (25 g for women and 35 grams for men)
This 1700-calorie meal plan provides 30% of the daily caloric intake in the form of dietary fat. This meal plan provides 57 grams of fat which is 510 calories from fat. (1)
- Percentage of calories: 30% fats
- Number of calories: 510 calories
- Number of grams: 57 g
Fiber is an important part of any diet. As general guidance for fiber intake, women should strive for 21-26 grams per day, and men should shoot for 31-38 grams per day. (1)
- Banana Chia Pudding
- Hight protein french toast
- Greek yogurt smoothie
- Slow cooker chicken and rice
- Tuna avocado wrap
- Greek Chicken Salad
- Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato
- Grilled Chicken sandwich
- High protein pizza
- NoCow protein bar
- Whey Protein
- RX bars
- Three wishes cereal
- Cheese sticks
- Hummus and veggies
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek yogurt
|Chia Pudding||416||32 g||53 g||10 g||14 g|
|Rice & Chicken||411||37 g||38 g||23 g||5 g|
|Buffalo Chicken||397||40 g||33 g||12 g||5 g|
|Hummus & Veggie||389||16 g||22 g||18 g||13 g|
|Greek yogurt||130||20 g||7 g||1 g||1 g|
|Total||1730||151 g||128 g||52 g||36 g|
Breakfast: Banana Chia Pudding
The Banana Chia Pudding recipe below is one of my favorite breakfast options. This makes one serving but can easily be doubled or tripled.
- 3 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 cup FairLife Fat Milk
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 medium Banana
- A dash of salt
- Mix chia seeds, milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and banana in a medium container.
- Mix until everything is well combined.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- When ready to serve, mix again and add a pinch of salt.
|416||32 g||53 g||10 g||14 g|
Snacks: Hummus and Veggies
- 4 tbsp Hummus
- 1.5 cups sliced veggies (carrots, bell pepper, cucumber)
- 1 low-fat mozzarella string cheese
|389||16 g||22 g||18g||12 g|
Lunch: Slow cooker chicken and rice
- 1 pound of chicken breast
- 1 cup of rice (long-grain brown)
- 2 and 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
- 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 white onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- In a slow cooker, combine chicken breasts, rice, chicken broth, greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, black beans, red bell pepper, white onion, garlic cloves, and taco seasoning.
- Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- To meal prep, cook as directed above. Once done, portion into 4 equal containers. Let cool before storing in the fridge.
|411||37 g||38 g||23 g||5 g|
Snacks: Greek yogurt
- 1 container of greek yogurt (6 ounces)
|130||20 g||7 g||1 g||1 g|
Dinner: Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato
- 1 pound of chicken breast
- 4 medium sweet potato
- 1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash sweet potatoes and prick them a few times with a fork.
- Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
- While baking sweet potatoes, season chicken breast with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Grill chicken breast on medium-high heat until cooked through (or in a skillet).
- Once the chicken is cooked, chop it into small cubes.
- Mix cooked chicken, buffalo sauce, and butter in a medium bowl.
- Once sweet potatoes are done, allow them to cool for a few minutes, then scoop out the center of the potato (be careful not to go too deep).
- Fill each sweet potato with the buffalo chicken mixture. Top with greek yogurt and extra buffalo sauce if desired.
|397||40 g||33 g||12 g||5 g|
|French Toast||427||40 g||48 g||8 g||11 g|
|Tuna Wrap||412||44 g||33 g||12 g||10 g|
|Chicken Sandwich||375||33 g||23 g||17 g||4 g|
|Protein Bar + Apple||283||21 g||21 g||5 g||23 g|
|Cottage Cheese||206||22 g||23 g||2 g||4 g|
|Total||1704||160 g||125 g||45 g `||51 g|
Breakfast: Hight protein french toast
Watch and read how to make the high protein french toast recipe.
- 2 slices of whole grain bread sprouted bread (I Like Daves Killer Bread)
- 1 whole egg
- 1/2 cup of egg whites
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 tsp monk fruit sweetener
- In a blender, combine whole egg, egg whites, protein powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
- Soak bread in the egg mixture for a few seconds on each side.
- Cook in a non-stick pan over medium heat until both sides are browned and crispy.
- Serve with sugar-free syrup!
|426||40 g||48 g||8 g||11 g|
Snacks: Cottage Cheese & Berries
- 3/4 cup of cottage cheese
- 1 cup of blueberries
|206||22 g||23 g||2 g||4 g|
Lunch: Tuna avocado wrap
- 3 cans of tuna in water, no salt added
- 1 large avocado
- 2 tbsp greek yogurt
- 1 cucumber (diced)
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 3 slices of swiss cheese
- 3 high fiber tortillas
- Slice the cucumber and half the cherry tomatoes. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mash the avocado and add the tuna and greek yogurt.
- Add diced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes to the rest of the ingredients. Mix until smooth.
- Lay out a tortilla. Spread the tuna mixture evenly over the tortilla.
- Top with lettuce and cheese. Roll up the tortilla and slice it in half.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.
|411||44 g||33 g||12 g||10 g|
Snacks: Protein Bar
- 1 No Cow Protein Bar
- Medium apple
|284||21 g||22 g||5 g||23 g|
Dinner: Grilled Chicken sandwich
- 4 whole grain buns
- 4 sliced pepper jack cheese
- 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds of chicken breast boneless skinless
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- Season with Weber’s Kick’n Chicken Seasoning
- Preheat the stove top or grill to medium-high heat.
- Season chicken breast with Weber’s Kick’n Chicken Seasoning.
- Grill chicken breast for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- In a skillet, melt olive oil over medium heat.
- Add sliced red onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Assemble the grilled chicken sandwiches by adding chicken breast, red onion, bell pepper, and cheese slices to the bun.
|375||33 g||23 g||17 g||3 g|
|Greek Yogurt||382||36 g||30 g||10 g||8 g|
|Greek Salad||387||35 g||12 g||20 g||6 g|
|Pizza||538||38 g||58 g||15 g||6 g|
|Cereal w/ Milk||200||21 g||21 g||2 g||3 g|
|Prtein Shake +Fruit||221||25 g||26 g||1 g||3 g|
|Total||1728||155 g||147 g||48 g `||25 g|
Breakfast: Greek yogurt smoothie
- 6 ounces greek yogurt
- 1 cup of mixed berries
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 22 grams of oats
- 1/2 scoop of whey protein
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
|382||36 g||39 g||10 g||8 g|
Snacks: High-protein cereal
- 3/4 cup Three Whishes Cereal
- 1 cup of fat-free milk
|200||21 g||21 g||2 g||3 g|
Lunch: Greek Rotisserie Chicken Salad
- Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon
- Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon
- Red wine vinegar 1/4 cup
- olive oil 2 tablespoons
- lemon juice 1 lemon
- Honey 1 tsp
- dash of salt
- 4 oz Rotisserie chicken
- 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber
- 1/3 cup of chopped Roma tomatoes
- 1/4 cup black beans
- 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
- Top with Feta Cheese.
- Start with the dressing by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl.
- In a mason jar, start with the chicken, then add cucumber, tomatoes, black beans, bell pepper, and feta cheese.
- Pour the dressing on top.
- Secure the lid on the mason jar and shake until everything is mixed together.
- Enjoy immediately, or store in the fridge for later!
|387||36 g||18 g||20 g||6 g|
Snacks: Protein Shake
- 1 scoop of whey protein powder
- 1 medium banana
|221||25 g||26 g||1 g||3 g|
Dinner: High-Protein Pizza
- 1/2 cup of self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp yeast
- 40 g chicken sausage
- 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese (Fat-free or low-fat)
- Preheat your oven to 400F before you begin anything else. Then, take a large baking sheet or pizza tray and line it with parchment paper so nothing sticks later.
- Mix the flour, Greek yogurt, salt, and Italian seasonings in a mixing bowl. If the mixture is too thick, add more yogurt. If it’s too thin, add more flour. Use your hands to form dough into a ball.
- Transfer the ball of dough onto a floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large pizza. Transfer the pizza dough onto the lined sheet. Brush the edge of the crust with olive oil.
- After you spread the sauce, top the pizza with cheese and your favorite toppings. Then, bake it until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted; this should take 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and slice it let it cool and serve.
|538||38 g||63 g||15 g||5 g|
Frequently asked questions
Can you lose weight eating 1700 calories a day?
For some, eating 1700 calories will help them lose weight. However, 1700 calories may be too many for others trying to lose weight. It all depends on your individual calorie needs. I suggest using the Body Weight Planner From the NIH to identify your calorie needs.
Will I gain weight by eating 1700 calories?
1700 calories are lower than the general recommendation of 2000 calories per day. So, if 1700 calories are more than you need, you may gain weight. Check out the 1500-calorie meal plan or 1600-calorie meal plan for lower-calorie options.
How do I know if 1700 calories are too much or too little for me?
1700 calories may be a good starting point for some people. But it’s always best to speak with a Registered Dietitian to determine what calorie level is best for you and your lifestyle.
How fast will I lose weight eating 1700 calories a day?
For some, 1700 calories may be a slight calorie deficit for others, 1700 calories may be a significant calorie deficit. So, weight loss will vary from person to person.
Is 1700 calories a day low?
There are situations where 1700 calories a day may be too low. For individuals with a large stature or are very active, 1700 calories may be too low. Speak with your doctor or a Registered Dietitian to see if 1700 calories are right for you.
Why am I not losing weight on a 1700-calorie diet?
If you’re following a 1700-calorie meal plan and aren’t losing weight, you may be eating too much for your individual calorie needs. A calorie deficit is key when trying to lose weight, as consuming more calories than you burn will result in weight gain. Read the blog post Calorie Deficit Why Am I Not Losing Weight for more information.
This 1700-calorie meal plan provides a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
This meal plan includes 3 different days of balanced meals that can be enjoyed immediately or stored in the fridge for later.
This is the perfect meal plan if you’re looking for a 1700-calorie diet plan high in protein!
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Noah Quezada is a registered dietitian nutritionist. Noah specializes in helping people develop lifelong habits and skills that lead to a long and productive healthy life. Noah’s goal is to provide evidence-based nutrition information through blogging, video, podcasting, and coaching.