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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Eating Healthy at College Part 3

Nutrition 101: The Food Groups

It is important to include all food groups into your healthy eating plan for weight loss.

Grains - Gives your brain and muscle energy while being a great source of vitamin-B and iron. Great sources of grains are brown rice, potatoes, and whole wheat breads.

Fruits & Vegetables - Helps our vision, hair, blood, and our immune system. They are also great sources of vitamins like A & C, minerals, and fiber. In todays society it would be wise to consume 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Milk/Dairy - Helps strong bones and teeth while having great sources of protein and calcium. Try to get 3 servings of dairy foods a day.

Meat/Protein - Helps build muscle, fight infections, and is a great source of protein. Try to consume a little protein with each meal as it will help curve your appetite and speed up your metabolism.

Fats and Oils - Keeps our hair and skin healthy and having the fullness to them. Healthy fats are good for you but consume them in moderation.

Most people do not get enough vitamins and minerals in their diet so make sure you are eating a balanced diet with all these food choices to help you achieve healthy living and weight loss.

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