Nutrition & Eating
is a Healthy Weight
Understanding the Energy Equation
Whether you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, its
important to understand the connection between the energy your body
takes in (through the foods you eat and the beverages you drink) and
the energy your body uses (through the activities you do). To lose weight,
you need to use more calories than you take in. To maintain a healthy
weight, you need to balance the calories you use with those you take
in. No matter which results you want, eating a healthy diet and being
physically active can help you reach your goal.
Want to find out if you are at a healthy weight? Calculate
your Body Mass Index or BMI
is a "Healthy Diet"?
The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that:
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and
lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and
The recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines and in MyPyramid
are for the general public over 2 years of age. MyPyramid is not a
therapeutic diet for any specific health condition. Individuals with
a chronic health condition should consult with a health care provider
to determine what dietary pattern is appropriate for them.
Your Balance between Food and Physical Activity
Becoming a healthier you isnt just about eating healthy
its also about physical activity. Regular physical
activity is important for your overall health and fitness. It also helps
you control body weight by balancing the calories you take in as food
with the calories you expend each day.
physically active, at a moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes most
days of the week.
the intensity or the amount of time that you are physically active can
have even greater health benefits and may be needed to control body
weight. About 60 minutes a day may be needed to prevent weight gain.
and teenagers should be physically active 60 minutes every day, or most
sure to visit the CDC's Physical
Activity for Everyone section for ideas.
more information about calories expended in common physical activities
see the CDC's Calories/Hour
Expended in Common Physical Activities from the Dietary Guidelines
for Americans 2005.
- Nutrition for Everyone
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