Diet Bites Food Pyramid Comparison Chart
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Food Pyramid, Best Module for Healthy, Safe Weight Loss
The following daily diet which was created by Diet Bites is based on the Food Group recommendations contained in the Official Food Pyramid.
At this writing we feel it is the best pattern for losing excess pounds in a healthy manner.
The Food Pyramid defines the types of foods that we should eat for optimum health - and it also separates these foods into groups. We are also provided examples of daily recommendations from each group - given both the minimum requirements and the maximum based on a standard 2000 calorie daily diet.
The 2000 Calorie Daily Diet Plan
The calories are based on the average American and the amount of energy that their body requires in order to maintaining its healthy recommended body weight.
However, this number of calories is simply a guide - a pattern used to depict the amount of food which would be required by an individual meeting this energy criteria.
If you are a small woman with a small body frame size, and if you are older - and if you are inactive you may require as little as 1300 calories per day in order to support your recommended weight. If you are a male body builder with a large frame size, who is extremely active and who is a young, tall adult - you may require well over 3000 calories in order to support optimum health.
Example of an 1800 Calorie Daily Diet
This Daily Menu contains 1,810 calories.
Calories consumed should meet our body's Calorie Needs or the result will be weight gain. Both of the following Food Guides by Diet Bites contain the MAXIMUM amounts of food servings recommended by the American Food Pyramid. We wanted to show that the choices of foods that we make matter in a huge way where calories - as well as nutrition is concerned.
We have the same amounts of servings included in both of the following Food Comparison Charts. Our first chart contains about 1800 calories while the second holds well over 3000 calories.
All of the following choices were based on the Food Group recommendations. While all choices are considered very healthy choices, the total daily calories are extreme.
Therefore, the types of foods that we choose to consume do matter, even when they are healthy choices.
Example of a Daily Diet Exceeding 3000 Calories
This Daily Menu contains almost 3,600 calories.
In Weight Loss Summary
1. Both Food Charts contain identical servings from the same food groups.
2. Both differ substantially in caloric values.
3. Food Groups hold varieties of selections of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy foods - all of which vary in energy values. It's up to us to make the best choices based on both nutrition and calories when planning our daily menus.
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