The Food Pyramid & Dieting
Our Step by Step Weight Loss Plan
How to Lose Weight & Keep it Off Forever

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

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The Food Pyramid & Your Diet Plan

Many moons ago the Food Pyramid model was born. It premiered as a pattern for healthy eating, the blocks within the Food Pyramid representing the basic Food Groups - as well as the recommended amounts of such foods.

Over the years the Food Pyramid has migrated due to a continuous flux of new data and information.

Food Pyramid Daily Recommendations

To date, this is how the official Food Pyramid of the USDA stacks up:

Milk, Yogurt & Cheese Food Group: 2-3 Servings
Vegetable Food Group: 3-5 Servings
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs & Nuts Group: 2-3 Servings
Fruit Group: 2 - 4 Servings
Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group: 6-11 Servings
Fats, Oils & Sweets - Use Sparingly

Notice that the recommended servings are not set in stone.

Everyone is different therefore requires different nutritional needs. To gain an idea of the foods your body requires based on calorie intake, you can find that information in detail at Diet Bites here.

You will encounter a list of daily diets based on calories. Using the information for obtaining daily calorie needs, click on the daily diet that most closely mirrors those calories. At this point we have covered how to establish daily energy needs.

Picture of The American Food Pyramid

Picture of The American Food Pyramid

The links also provide an idea of serving sizes of foods within the Food Groups but I would like you to visit this Diet Bites' link which provides detailed information regarding correct serving sizes.

Step by Step Diet Plan, Where We're At

At this point you should know the following:

number of daily calories to support your goal weight

amount of nutritional requirements based on Food Pyramid

what is a recommended serving size

By the way, this Diet Bites' link provides additional information on the Food Pyramid should you be interested.

Now let's go to the next step in our plan.  continue

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