Although I'm not sure you could really achieve your nutritional needs with a 500-calorie diet, you could easily fashion your own. For example:
Breakfast: Scrambled egg whites with grilled peppers and onions, using 0-calorie non-stick spray, with one slice of light rye Wasa bread (approximately 80 calories if you stick to serving sizes and there are far more peppers and onions than egg)
Lunch: One of the Healthy Progresso Soups (anywhere from 50 to 90 calories per serving, which is 1/2 can) with another slice of Wasa (30 calories) and a wedge of Weight Watchers Swiss (30 calories) . . . for a total of 110-150 calories, depending on your choice of soup.
Dinner: 1/2 medium zucchini cut into strips to look like noodles, sauteed in 0-calorie spray with a little onion, garlic and mushroom (approx 50 calories) with 1/4 cup meatless marinara (30 calories for the brand I have, think Heinz) and 1/4 small can of clams (25 calories) . . . total of 105 calories
Snacks: a couple of rice cakes throughout the day (20 calories each for Fiorelli brand). You could even top one of the rice cakes with Babaganoush for flavor (20 calories)
I have quite a few days I stay at 500 calories or less, but I wouldn't recommend it for extended periods of time. It just doesn't give your body what it needs to stay healthy, and, if you restrict your calories too much, your body basically freaks out and takes energy from muscle, not fat.
Okay thank you ill try that. Might not have enough time. That's why my post just get the message out. I dont think i put enough out. Right now i have a broken finger so i paused the diet. For now only!! And plus today is my brothers birthday and i had to cheat a bit!!! Thank you though.
500 calories a day. Hmm. Without adding vitamins pills or such like I can get ya down to just under 950 calories a day:
1 large bowl of spinach
about 1400 grams of asparagus
about 900 grams of cabbage
part of a banana
a slice of cantaloupe
a couple sardines
a serving of salmon
a small handful of walnuts
That should be fairly nutritious for its price in calories. Just kidding tho'. Really, I find that if I cut calories too much it backfires on me because I really start craving foods . . . especially foods that are bad for me.
I agree with the other comments that too much calorie restriction backfires. I find that aiming for a 1-2 lb. per week weight loss (calories about 500 below daily needs) works best in the long run. Too low and we are fighting our body. Also, I find I don't stick to any eating program that isn't flexible enough to allow me to share some meals with family and friends. Social isolation isn't good for our emotional health.