For those who may wonder how many calories they consume in a day or
need help planning healthy meals, check out the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPyramid.gov for help.
The USDA provides a way to effectively monitor nutritional intake, plan
healthy menus and gather healthy diet tips through an easy-to-use Web
site. By going to http://www.mypyramid.gov,
you find ways to help you lead a more healthy life through diet.
Setting up a user account is easy and free, and once your account is
created you can easily keep track of your caloric intake, energy
expenditure and exercise patterns. Since all data are entered online,
your information is accessible wherever a computer is available, which
makes it easy to keep track of your nutrition and physical activity
whether at work or home.
One of the many advantages of this Web site is the ability to track
caloric intake. By typing in your height and weight and exercise
regimen, you can calculate your personal caloric needs for the day.
This calculation is based on foods you have entered, which helps
provide a better idea of how many calories you actually are consuming
daily. Being knowledgeable about your daily calories is essential to
maintaining a healthy weight.
Besides helping the user track daily food and beverage intake, it also
provides a colorful look at the servings of fruits and vegetables,
grains, meats, and milk provided in your meals.
The USDA site also enables the user to plan healthy meals through the
Menu Planner application. The benefit of this feature is that it allows
you to plan meals and make substitutions to ensure that you are
consuming appropriate servings of all major food groups while watching
calorie counts. It is easy to plan meals on a daily or weekly basis
using the Menu Planner, and it gives you a head start when it’s meal
The tools provided in this service will help assess your menu choices
and provide tips to becoming healthier by offering better, and still
tasty, alternatives in each food group.
The USDA site also will generate a report based on food choices you
have made and reported online for the day or week. Reviewing your daily
and weekly reports helps your assess the part of your diet needs
MyPyramid promotes individuality, taking into the reality that everyone
is different and has different requirements to obtain good health and
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008