For years we’ve told that we should eat so many servings per day of fruit, vegetables, dairy, grains and proteins. But every person is not the same. We are not one size fits all and eating plans should not be designed that way either.
At choosemyplate.gov, you can create your own personalized eating plan for your age, sex and weight. Now these are just guidelines and choosemyplate.gov states on their site that these are not therapeutic diets and you should always consult your physician before starting anything like this. Also if you have particular health conditions, you will need to check with your physician to see if the recommended plan on choosemyplate.gov will serve all your health needs.
To get started, you need to go to MyPyramid Plan and enter your age, sex, weight and height are optional but this will probably give you the best plan. You will also select what your physical activity level is daily.
If you are overweight, it will tell you how many calories you should have a day in order to lose weight and it will give you the required amounts needed from each food group. There is also an option to click on if you gradually want to move towards a healthier weight.
“MyPyramid Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information. The Food Calories/Energy Balance feature automatically calculates your energy balance by subtracting the energy you expend from physical activity from your food calories/energy intake. Use of this tool helps you better understand your energy balance status and enhances the link between good nutrition and regular physical activity. Keep track of your energy balance history and view it up to one year. MyPyramid Tracker translates the principles of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other nutrition standards developed by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.”
What Is A Healthy Diet?
A “healthy diet” is considered one that consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or lowfat daily products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.