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Diet Resources

Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine how much an individual's weight departs from what is "normal"  for a person of his or her height.  The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that a BMI less than 18.5 is underweight, a BMI between 18.5 and 25 is normal weight, a BMI greater than 25 is overweight, and a BMI over 30 is considered obese.  The more you weigh, the higher your risk of diabetes and heart disease.  Nutritionists state that if your BMI is less that 25, the effects of a few extra pounds is negligible.  The risk starts rising about 25, and beyond 30, it skyrockets.  

The BMI is a only a guide.  Other positive factors, other than body fat, may account for excessive mass.  An athletic person may have more muscle which weighs more than fat and this BMI does not account for this situation.  

Calorie Counter

Calorie Expenditure Table

This calorie expenditure table is provided to give you an idea of how many calories you may be expending while performing a range of activities for 30 minutes. Each column shows the estimated calories for the specified body weight.  

Daily Calorie Needs

Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or even gain weight, you will need to know how many calories you need to consume to achieve these goals.  We provide you with examples of determining your calories needs.  

Daily Dietary Requirements

Diet Journal

Keeping a journal will help you monitor your food consumption accurately.  We often forget what we eat throughout the day or do not realize how much we consume in small snacks or tastes of food throughout the day.  Keeping a written tab will ensure that we are counting for all our calorie consumption.

Food Label Guide

One of the responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to ensure that foods sold in the United States are safe and properly labeled.  The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, operating under the FDA's jurisdiction, are the Federal laws which regulat how food products are labeled.  The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), which amended the FD&C Act, requires most foods to provide nutrition labeling subject to specific requirements. 

Waist Measurement Guide

Waist measurement is a common method used to check for fat held around the stomach area.  Having extra fat around the stomach has been show to increase risk of heart disease and diabetes.