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Adult BMI Calculator
Body Mass Index Calculator Rather than relying only on the bathroom scale to tell you if you're overweight, experts say you should also know your body mass index (BMI). BMI takes into account not just your weight, but also your height to indicate body fat. The goal for most people is a BMI that's over 18 and under 25. Enter Your Information Height: feet inches Weight: lbs. Your Results The information you provided gives a BMI of . Your BMI suggests that you are underweight*. A BMI range of 18.5 to 24.9 ...
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Dietary Guidelines Quiz
What Do You Know About Dietary Guidelines? In 2011, the federal government unveiled a new dietary icon called Choose My Plate, which reflects the updated nutritional guidelines published in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Find out how much you know about the latest dietary guidelines by taking the following quiz. 1. The Dietary Guidelines were developed to educate the American public about the food groups in a healthy diet. Which of these organizations developed the guidelines? You didn't ans...
Fast Facts
Portion sizes are different from serving sizes. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat at one time. Serving size is the amount listed on the food label. Many people eat 2 or more servings as their portion.
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Calculating Calories and Fat Grams
Calculating Calories and Fat Grams To determine the number of calories and fat grams you need each day in order to either lose, maintain or gain weight, your health care provider or a registered dietitian. As a general guideline, to maintain your current weight, follow the 3-step formula below. Remember, everyone's body and metabolism are different, so these numbers could vary slightly for you. 1. Determine your estimated calorie needs in the chart below: Physical Activity Level Gender Age (years) Inact...
Components of Food
Components of Food If you are trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it's helpful to know some basics about nutrition, starting with the components of food. Facts about calories You need enough calories to give you energy, but no more than you can burn off. This is called an energy balance. If you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you take in fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. If you balance the two, you maintain your weight. Even when you are...