Looking for a diet plan suitable for active or larger people? Three meals and three snacks a day are called for on a 2200 calorie diet plan.

A 2200 calorie diet plan can be a weight loss plan – if you’re a pretty big guy who’s getting regular exercise, but you’ve still got a bit of a spare tire. But just because you can eat a bit more than other people and still lose weight, that doesn’t give you the license to eat whatever you want. Your diet plan still needs to include all the nutrients your larger body needs – the protein, vitamins and minerals – so it’s important that you pay attention to the number of servings from the different food groups that are recommended for you. That way, you’ll be sure to meet your nutrient needs.  If you’ve looked at the lower calorie diet plans in this series, you’ll notice that your plan looks very similar – you just get a few more servings of various foods throughout the day.

Who should choose a 2200 calorie diet plan?

A 2200 calorie meal plan might be right for you if you are a large-framed, active male who is seeking weight loss. This plan may be too high in calories for you if you are female, or if you are a smaller-framed male – unless your activity level is very high. A drop of no more than 2 pounds (1 kg) per week is considered a safe rate of weight loss. If you are losing more quickly than that, you can gradually add servings from any food group to your plan until you achieve a calorie level that leads to a safe rate of loss. If you are losing too slowly, you can drop down to the 1800 calorie plan. As with any diet plan, regular exercise is not only a healthy habit, it also helps you to burn more calories to help you reach your weight goals.

2200 calorie diet plan overview

This plan calls for three meals and three snacks each day. Here is the basic breakdown for the 2200 calorie diet plan:

Breakfast: 2 Protein + 1 Fruit (+ vegetables if desired) + 1 Starch/Grain

Snack: 1 Protein Snack

Lunch: 2 Protein + 2 Vegetable + Leafy Greens + 1 Starch/Grain + 1 Taste Enhancer + 1 Fruit

Snack: 1 Protein Snack + 1 Fruit or Vegetable

Dinner: 2 Protein + 2 Starch/Grain + 2 Vegetable + Leafy Greens + 2 Taste Enhancer

Snack: 1 Fruit

Daily Totals: 6 Protein, 3-4 Fruit5-6 Vegetable, 4 Starch/Grain, 2 Protein SnackLeafy Greens – no limit 3 Taste Enhancers

To create the menus for the 2200 calorie plan, I simply plug in different foods based on my“How to Create Your Own Sample Diet Plan article which provides all the details on portion sizes for each food group. You can follow this 3-day plan, or you can swap foods in and out depending on what you like, and what’s convenient for you to prepare. The beauty of this system is that it’s relatively simple, but it allows you to customize your menus to your liking. My 2200 calorie meal plan calls for three meals and snacks in the mid-morning, mid-afternoon and after dinner – but you have some flexibility to move things around as long as you don’t exceed the total number of servings from each food group for the day. Some people, for example, prefer to eat a larger meal at lunch, so they’ll ‘steal’ a starch/grain serving from the dinner meal and have it at lunch instead. Also, you can always swap out one or two meals for a Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Drink or an Herbalife Express Meal Bar if you’re on the go or don’t feel like cooking from scratch. Herbalife Protein Bars are also a good way to make sure your snacks contain the right level of protein.

3-day menus for a 2200 calorie diet

DAY 1 Breakfast

  • 1 cup (250g) nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup (80g) strawberries
  • Sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 1 slice whole grain toast topped with:
  • 3 ounces (85 gm) sliced turkey breast


  • ½ cup (125g) nonfat vanilla yogurt

Lunch Large Salad made with:


  • 1 ounce (30g) soy nuts
  • Carrot and celery sticks 


  • 8 ounces (200g) grilled salmon with lemon
  • 2 cups (160g) steamed green beans with garlic
  • 1 cup (300g) cooked brown rice
  • large leafy green salad – any amount
  • ¼ medium avocado for salad
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) reduced calorie salad dressing


  • 1 orange

DAY 2 Breakfast

  • 1 whole egg + 4 egg whites scrambled in nonstick pan with pan spray
  • Topped with tomato salsa
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup (250g) nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup (80g) cut melon


  • ½ cup (125g) vanilla yogurt

Lunch Chicken-veggie stir-fry. Saute together tofu, chicken and veggies:

  • 5 ounces (125g) firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 3 ounces (85g) chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 2 cups (80g) broccoli florets
  • Large bunch fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) oil to stir-fry
  • Season with soy sauce, garlic, pepper and ginger
  • ½ cup (150g) steamed brown rice
  • ½ medium mango


Dinner Grain salad with protein. Toss together:

  • 8 ounces (200g) grilled shrimp
  • 1 cup (300g) cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups (160g) chopped mixed vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cucumber, onion)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) reduced calorie vinaigrette dressing
  • Place on a bed of leafy greens


DAY 3 Breakfast

  • 1 whole egg + 4 egg whites scrambled in a non-stick pan
  • ½ toasted whole grain English Muffin
  • 1 cup (250g) plain nonfat yogurt topped with:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Sprinkle with nutmeg


  • 1 ounce (30g) lowfat mozzarella cheese


  • 8 ounces (200g) grilled halibut
  • 2 cups (80g) steamed asparagus with lemon
  • ½ cup (150g) whole grain pasta
  • Mixed leafy greens salad – any amount
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) reduced calorie salad dressing
  • 1 cup (80g) berries


  • ½ cup (125g) nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup (80g) chopped mixed raw vegetables
  • season with salt, pepper, dried dill or chives


  • 6 ounces (170g) grilled lean steak
  • 2 cups (160g) roasted Brussels sprouts (halve, toss with olive oil, roast at 400 F / 205 C  for 20 minutes)
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil (for Brussels sprouts)
  • Steamed kale, spinach or Swiss chard with vinegar
  • 1 small sweet potato sprinkled with ginger


  • 1 cup (80g) diced fresh pineapple

I hope you can make this calorie plan work for you. Sometimes, seeing exactly how much you should be eating each day can help kick-start a new approach to healthy eating. It’s important to consume the right levels of nutrients from the right food groups each day and I hope this diet plan helped you to see how these can easily be distributed across a day.


Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.