With obesity at epidemic proportions and weight-related health conditions on the rise, Americans everywhere are searching for ways to take control of their nutritional needs. The problem is that there is so much conflicting information out there that it can be hard to know where to begin. A good first step is to make an appointment with your physician to discuss your goals for your weight and overall health. As you embark on a healthier eating plan, consider the following answers to some common questions about nutritional needs.
What Is the DGA?
DGA is short for Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is a set of nutritional recommendations designed to make healthier eating easier. The DGA lays out a set of recommendations for daily serving amounts for different food groups for Americans over two years old. These guidelines are designed to both promote healthy weight and decrease the incidences of conditions linked to food consumption, such as high cholesterol. These guidelines are revised every five years to reflect changes in nutritional science.
How Can I Find These Nutritional Guidelines?
The DGA is available online on various health-related government and private websites. You may also find information about the DGA printed on some food packaging. If you’re struggling to find the information or understand it, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with the details and help you understand what it all means.
Should I Plan My Diet According to the DGA?
The DGA is a great starting point for healthy eating and portion control. However, you may need to eat a little differently, depending on whether you’re trying to lose weight or if you have a chronic health condition. You may also need to make changes if you are pregnant. If you plan to change your eating habits, talk to your doctor to find out if there are any specific health considerations you should keep in mind.
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