Calorie Controlled Diet

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The calorie-controlled diet is designed to achieve and maintain desirable body weight by limiting the total amount of fat and sugar in the diet.

The calorie-controlled diet may be adapted for weight reduction and weight maintenance. It is also used for persons with elevated serum cholesterol levels or those who are high-risk candidates for heart disease.

General Guidelines

  • Limit total fat intake to less than 30% of total daily calories.

  • Reduce saturated fat intake (red meat, cheese, whole milk, butter, ice cream, etc)

  • Eat less trans fat (stick margarine, shortening, cakes, pies, French fries, snack chips)

  • Eat less cholesterol (limit egg yolks to more than 4 per week and meat, fish, poultry to no more than 6 ounces a day)

  • Reduce sugar intake

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grain breads, and cereals.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days (brisk walking, aerobics, biking, etc)

  • Gradually reducing the amount of sugar by ¼ then 1/3 then ½

  • Be careful when using special diet or dietetic foods such as dietetic cake, cookies, candy and ice cream. These foods contain some form of sweetener and, therefore, calories.

Meal Planning Guidelines



MILK & DAIRY 2-3 servings each day

Nonfat Dry Milk Powder

Skim Milk (Nonfat Milk)


Light Milk, 1/2 %, or 1%

Yogurt, Nonfat or Low fat

Evaporated Skim Milk

Cottage cheese (1-2%)

Low fat cheeses (labeled 2-6 grams of fat/ounce): skim milk mozzarella, skim milk Swiss cheese, and skim milk ricotta

Whole or 2% milk (regular, evaporated, condensed, flavored),

Whole milk yogurts

Fruited or flavored yogurt

Milkshake, frozen malt, frozen milkshake, frappes

Nestle's Quick powders

Instant breakfast

Sweetened cocoa mixes


Whole milk cottage cheese (4% fat), cream cheese, sour cream, high fat cheeses:

whole milk cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Camembert, American, Brie, mozzarella, fete, Muenster, Neufchatel. Gorgonzola, Roquefort

Cheese spreads

FRUIT & VEGETABLES 5-9 servings each day

Fresh, frozen, canned fruits and vegetables without sugar

Unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices

Water packed canned fruits


Vegetables prepared in butter, cream, cheese, or high fat sauce

Canned, fresh or frozen fruit with sugar added; fruits packed in syrup

Sweetened juice, such as fruit flavored drinks

BREADS & GRAINS 6-11 servings each day

Breads: white, whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye, and pita

Bagels, English muffins, sandwich buns, tortillas, and dinner rolls

Hot cereals, most dry cereals, pasta, barley, bulgur, grits, brown and white rice

Low fat crackers, graham crackers, matzo, bread sticks, rye crisps, soda crackers, rice cakes, Zwieback; pretzels, popcorn; homemade baked goods using allowable ingredients

Non-fat or low-fat muffins

Sweetened or frosted breads

Commercially baked goods: pies, cakes, donuts, croissants, cinnamon bread, pastries, coffeecakes, sweet rolls, muffins, biscuits

Sugar coated pre-sweetened cereals, honey flavored or fruit-flavored cereals, cocoa flavored cereals, granola cereals

Most snack chips and crackers like cheese or butter crackers or those made with saturated fat; pasta and rice prepared with cream, butter, or cheese sauce, egg noodles

MEATS & MEAT SUBSTITUTES 2-3 servings or total of 6 oz daily

Any meat, poultry or fish prepared without sweet and sour marinades (made with sugar), barbecue sauces that have catsup, chili sauce, honey or brown sugar, and teriyaki sauce


Chuck: arm, shoulder, and pot roast

Filet mignon

Ground beef (95% lean)

Loin: porterhouse steak, top loin steak

Loin: sirloin steak, T-bone steak, tenderloin

Rib: rib eye steak, rib eye roast

Round: roast, steak, tip roast

Round: Top, Bottom or Eye Round Roast (Select)

Veal: cutlet, loin chop, and rib roast

Fish: All Fish such as tuna (canned in water), scallops, shrimp,

lobster, flatfish, flounder, crab, clams rainbow trout

salmon, sardines, haddock, halibut,

red snapper, swordfish, sole, sturgeon,

mussels, oysters, cod, perch, pike, crayfish

Lamb: foreshank, braised leg, shank or

sirloin half loin, whole, broiled

Pork: ham, shank or rump half loin,

Tenderloin, center loin cuts

Ham, boneless [regular (11%)]

Ham, canned [extra lean (4%)]

Poultry (without skin):

Chicken (light meat is leaner than dark meat)

Chicken, drumstick, breast

Duck, roasted

Turkey (light meat is leaner than dark meat)

Turkey store extra lean ground breast

Turkey, breast, wing, leg (for fryers and roasters-hens and toms may be twice as fatty)

Processed meats:

Canadian bacon

Beef, dried, chopped beef


Turkey pastrami, peppered loaf

Turkey ham, turkey roll (light and dark meat)

Organ Meats: Limit to 3 oz. per month

Eggs: Egg whites, cholesterol-free egg substitute; limit egg yolks to 3 per week

Game: Rabbit, venison, buffalo meat

Avoid any meat, poultry or fish that is fried or prepared in heavy fatty sauces. 

Beef: Regular ground round, brisket, ribs, and prime rib

Veal: Veal cutlet

Fish: Fried and breaded fish

Lamb: ground, lean, broiled

Pork: chitterlings, loin, blade, tail

Poultry: Duck and goose, (flesh and skin)

Processed meats:



Frankfurter, turkey, chicken, beef or pork

Corned beef


Luncheon meats such as bologna and salami,

Chorizo (Mexican sausage)

Beef jerky

Link sausage


Braunschweiger, liverwurst, bratwurst

Kielbasa, pastrami (beef)



Regular canned or corned beef

Organ Meats: Liver, kidney, sweetbread, brain (More than 3 oz. per month)


More than 3 egg yolks per week

Nuts & Beans:

Dried peas and beans, such as split peas, black-eyed peas,

Chick peas (garbonzo beans), kidney beans, navy beans,

Lentils, soybeans, soybean curd (tofu)

Lima beans

Natural peanut butter (use sparingly)


Homemade cream or meat broth soups made without high fat milk products

Regular peanut butter


Soups: Cream soups made with whole milk, cream, or half-and-half

FATS (use sparingly)

Unsaturated vegetable oils: corn, olive, peanut, canola, safflower, sesame, soybean

Margarine or shortenings, non stick or tub (with unsaturated vegetable oils as the first ingredient)

Salad dressings, low fat or fat free

Cream Cheese, Low fat or fat free

Mayonnaise, Low fat, low cholesterol, or fat free

Imitation sour cream

Poly Rich® Non-dairy Creamer

Baking cocoa

Butter, coconut and palm oils, lard, bacon fat

Margarine or shortenings made with saturated fat listed above.

Dressings made with egg yolk, coconut, or chocolate

Cream, half-and-half, most non-dairy creamers, whipped toppings

Nondairy cream substitutes

Coffee Whitener/Cream Substitute

Cream (Light, Cream, or Table)

Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Whipping cream

Regular Salad Dressings (Sour Cream Base, French,

Ranch, Blue Cheese, Caesar, any cheese based dressings)

Green and black olives

SWEETS & SNACKS (use sparingly)

Cakes, cookies, or pies made with allowable ingredients.

Low fat, sugar free frozen desserts, frozen yogurt, sugar free Popsicles, fruit bars, and Fudgsicles;®

Sugar free pudding made with non-fat milk

Low fat cakes like angel food cake or other varieties; low fat, sugar free cookies, Vanilla wafers, animal crackers, gingersnaps; sugar free hard candy, low fat snacks: plain popcorn, pretzels, fat free rice cakes

Sugar free gelatin dessert

Sherbet, sorbet, fruit ices

Sugar substitutes

Sugar free jellies, jams, fruit spreads

High fat frozen desserts: ice cream, frozen tofu or custard, most store bought frosted cakes, and cookies, candy, chocolate bars; potato and corn chips prepared with saturated fat, buttered, caramelized or cheese popcorn, prepackaged microwave popcorn

Pop tarts and breakfast bars


Non-fat, sugar free beverages like carbonated drinks, water, tea, and coffee;

Sugar free mineral water

Sugar-free drinks like sugar-free lemonade, sugar-free Kool-Aid, sugar-free punch

Sugar-free cocoa mixes

Club soda

Mustards, ketchup, vinegar, cooking wine, herbs and spices

Soy sauce, hot sauce, tobasco, picante, chili sauce, steak sauce

Teriyaki sauce , Worcestershire sauce, low fat tartar sauce

BBQ sauce, catsup

Horseradish, pickles, relish

High fat beverages like frappes, milk shakes, floats, and eggnog;

Regular carbonated beverages or soft drinks

Sweetened fruit drinks, Kool-Aid, Hi-C,

Beer, alcohol, hard liquor

Sweetened carbonated and mineral waters




Oils, like corn, cottonseed, olive,

Safflower, sesame, soybean, or sunflower

Nonfat dry milk, nonfat dry milk solids, skim milk

Animal fat, like bacon, beef, ham, lamb,

Butter, lard


Cocoa butter

Coconut, coconut oil, palm kernel or palm oil


Egg and egg-yolk solids

Hardened fat or oil

High fructose corn syrup

Hydrogenated vegetable oil

Meat, pork, chicken or turkey fats,

Shortening or vegetable shortening

Unspecified vegetable oil (could be coconut, coconut oil, palm kernel or palm oil) Coconut, coconut oil, palm kernel or palm oil

The above opinionated views and information serves to educated and informed consumer. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. It should not replaced professional advise and consultation. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions

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