The MyPyramid Diet

The MyPyramid diet is the basic food pyramid that you most likely learned in elementary school. MyPyrmaid is the diet that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends to have a balanced and healthy diet. By following the pyramid, you should be able to live a healthy lifestyle and make nutritious choices in your daily diets.

The Premise

The basis of the MyPyramid diet is that each food group plays an important role in your daily diet and none should be eliminated from the diet.  By choosing foods from each sector of the pyramid, you will maintain a healthy balance of nutrients. In addition, using the tools provided by MyPyramid allows you to determine the right amount of each food group to achieve optimal weight.

The Diet

The pyramid consists of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, protein, and oils. It is recommended that at least half of the grains consumed each day be whole grains, and you should include at least 3 ounces of grains per day. Fruits and vegetables should be part of your daily intake and the suggested amount varies based on your specific physical traits. Dark green and orange vegetables should make up a large portion of your daily calories, and you can’t substitute  fruit juices for actual fruit. The juices contain too much sugar. Dairy is an important part of the diet, but should be low-fat, or fat-free, and protein sources should be lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish as well as legumes. Additionally, meats should be baked, broiled or grilled–not fried.

Exercise is also part of the pyramid plan. A minimum of 30 minutes of some type of physical activity should be performed each and every day as part of maintaining the pyramid plan.

What to Get Excited Over

The MyPyramid plan offers many tools to help you track your eating habits and make healthy choices. Because it is government based, there is a wide array of websites and information available about the diet, allowing you to make informed decisions. One such tool is the MyPyramid tracker, which assesses diet and physical activity together and calculates your energy balance. This is done by subtracting expended energy from food calorie intake. In turn the tool provides an analysis to determine the right foods to keep the energy level needed based on your amount of physical activity.

There is also the MyPyramid Plan, which allows you to input age, sex, weight, and level of daily activity to determine the recommended amount of each food group you should consume based on specific criteria.

Things to Consider

The MyPyramid diet does not specify meal plans or specific exercise plans and there are no recipes available on the website. It is up to you to use the information as a guide to choosing the proper meals and snacks to maintain a healthy weight.

The Verdict

The MyPyrmaid Diet has withstood the test of time. While fad diets have come and gone, the MyPyamid Diet sticks to the basics of exercising and eating well balanced meals to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight.

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