Helpful Tools to Keep your Diet and Nutrition In-Check

helpful tools to keep your diet and nutrition in check

Helpful Tools to Keep your Diet and Nutrition In-Check


My Plate

  1. What is it?
    1. A food guide that reflects the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    2. It can help you be healthier now and in the future
    3. Recommends serving sizes of each food group
    4. Discusses the pros and types of different exercise
  2. Tips
    1. Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition
    2. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
    3. Make half your grain choice whole grain
    4. Vary your protein intake (meat, poultry, fish, nuts, beans, quinoa)
    5. Consume more low-fat and fat-free dairy products
    6. Drink more water!
    7. Eat less of sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars
    8. Support healthy eating for everyone!


My Fitness Pal

  1. What is it?
    1. A free, website or app food tracker created by Under Armour that is quick and easy to use!
    2. You can connect with others who have the same goal for motivational support
  2. Tips
    1. Logging your food is made simple by either searching for your food and choosing the serving size or inputting your own nutritional information for a food
    2. You can designate when you eat your food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack)
    3. Your food choices are broken down based on either calories, nutrients, or macros
    4. Water (in cups, mL, fl. oz.) and exercise (cardio v. strength) can be tracked as well
    5. This program can track your progress and set specific goals whether you are wanting to maintain, gain, or lose weight
    6. You simply add your weight on the days that you choose and optionally upload a progress picture to see your results
    7. It also offers recipes that the community has posted, or if you have questions others can answer them as well




Takeaway: MyPlate is a great basis for how to eat healthy and ways to exercise, then you can track your progress on My Fitness Pal to stay motivated and accountable.

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