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While BMI is an indicator of your body fat,
the food you eat is what fuels
your body and thus influences your body mass index classification. The
major nutrients that you get from your food are carbohydrates, fat,
protein, and vitamins and minerals. As you plan your daily intake, it is
important to ensure that all these nutrients make up your diet.
Since the energy your body uses is measured in calories, it is important to
remember that in order to maintain a healthy weight you must balance
calories consumed against calories burned. If your BMI is a little on the
high side, you can keep in mind that by cutting out 3,500 calories you
can lose a pound of fat. That means you only have to cut out a modest
250 calories to lose a pound of fat every two weeks.
To help keep your diet balanced, the following tips may be useful:
This will help you to keep your diet balanced and include all the major
nutrients you need for a healthy lifestyle.
Pay attention to the label. Take note of the serving size and fat and
calorie content of one serving.
Watch your portions. Often its not what we eat that gets us into trouble
but how much we eat.
Consider starting a food diary. By writing down everything you eat and
when, you will be able to monitor whether your diet has variety and
whether all food groups are represented.
Fill up on fiber selections. Try to select foods that add bulk to your diet
and that will help fill you up sooner.
Start meals off with a glass of water. Filling up with water is another way
to add some bulk before you dine.
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