Low Calorie diet reduces food intake without incurring malnutrition. "Reduce" can be defined relative to the subject's previous intake before intentionally restricting food or beverage consumption, or relative to an average person of similar body type.
Calorie restriction is typically adopted intentionally to reduce body weight. Mild calorie restriction may be beneficial for pregnant women to reduce weight gain (without weight loss), and reduce perinatal risks for both the mother and child. For overweight or obese individuals, long-term health improvement may result from calorie restriction.
Bread Whole grain flour is preferred
Cereals Buckwheat, barley, millet, oat, pearl barley are allowed; corn grits, semolina, rice are prohibited
Fish Lean fish is allowed
Meat and poultry Lean meat and poultry are allowed
Milk Low fat dairy products are allowed
Nuts Limited
Oil and butter Limited
Sauces Sauces without sugar and starch are allowed (limited)
Soft drinks Unsweetened drinks allowed
Sweets Only with sweeteners
Vegetables Potatoes, carrots, beets are limited
Examples of dishes