I've been eating 1200 calories a day since November 2013. I have lost 33 lbs.
Some days I find it difficult to eat 1200 calories a day and hardly ever go over.
I eat a lot of veggies and lean meats. I avoid breads and starches. I feel like I eat all day and I'm still far short of 1200 calories.
You need to reassess WHAT you're eating instead of how many calories you are eating.
Brown Rice has less calories than white rice and makes you feel fuller longer.
Quinoa is full of fiber and protein so you can avoid more meats and eat a quinoa stir fry instead.
Coconut oil is a healthy fat that is better for you than vegetable oil. So is Olive Oil.
Eat more raw veggies and less cooked.
Have a Green veggie with each meal. i.e. A green smoothie for breakfast. Snack on Celery. have a nice salad for lunch. 3oz of chicken for dinner with a side salad.
Check the calories in your sauces and dressings. Cut out what is unnecessary. I no longer use mayo, catsup, bbq sauce. it's no necessary if you know how to use spices correctly in your foods.
Avoid pre-made mixes. They usually have hidden sugars that you don't need and added calories. Make your own spice mixes from natural spices. You can find recipes for them on line just google search. Homemade spice mixes taste better anyway.
There are so many ways to cut out calories and stay below 1200 a day. You just have to really want it and really think about what is going in your mouth before you eat it.