Nutrition Articles

USDA and SparkPeople Agree: Calories Count!

SparkPeople Welcomes the New Dietary Guidelines

Guidelines Recommend: Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories expended.
SparkPeople In Action: Track your calories eaten and calories burned with simple lookup tools and tracking information.

Guidelines Recommend: A variety of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products and fat-free dairy products.
SparkPeople In Action: Meal plans geared to your specific calorie needs provide variety and the nutrients you need. Articles, comparison charts and healthy recipes point you in the right direction for creating a healthy menu.

Guidelines Recommend: A total fat intake of 20-35% of total calories.
SparkPeople In Action: Instant reports and nutritional totals give you real-time information about your current fat levels.

Guidelines Recommend: Consume less than 2,300 mg (approximately 1 teaspoon of salt) of sodium per day.
SparkPeople In Action: Track any nutrient you can think of, simply by selecting what you eat using the searchable 10,000-food database. No guesswork here.

Guidelines Recommend: To prevent weight gain, engage in 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week.
SparkPeople In Action: Track cardio minutes and other fitness while knowing exactly how many calories you’ve burned.

Guidelines Recommend: Include cardiovascular conditioning, stretching exercises for flexibility, and resistance exercises or calisthenics for muscle strength and endurance.
SparkPeople In Action: Choose from dozens of cardio and strength exercises and stretching options to build a customized fitness plan, and use animated demonstrations to learn how to do them safely and effectively.

Click here to read all of the recommendations within the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

The Dietary Guidelines report is interested in helping Americans with weight control, stronger muscles and bones, and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. According to HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, "Promoting good dietary habits is key to reducing the growing problems of obesity and physical inactivity, and to gaining the health benefits that come from a nutritionally balanced diet."

SparkPeople couldn’t agree more.

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