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Health and Fitness By Student Name Table of Contents Health A Balanced Diet Dietary advice for all types of athletes is the same as for the general public That is eat a well-balanced diet from a wide variety of foods in sufficient amounts to meet energy needs Experts agree the key to healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance variety and moderation In short that means eating a wide variety of foods without getting too many calories or too much of any one nutrient Because people need more than 40 different nutrients daily for good health it is important to eat a variety of foods No single food supplies them all Diets that include a wide variety of foods not only reap the nutritional benefits but may also help prevent disease and consequently live longer Recent studies have found that people who ate wide varieties of foods had a lower risk of premature death than those who ate the same food year after year Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products fruits vegetables dairy products and meat poultry fish and other protein foods How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs Nutrition experts like the American Dietetic Association recommend that we eat a diet low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates Complex carbohydrates are foods such as pasta rice potatoes and breads Generally nutritionists suggest that we consume no more than 30 percent to 35 percent of our calories as fat at least 55 percent as carbohydrates and the remainder as protein The Food Guide Pyramid shown below is a practical tool to help you make food choices that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Using the Pyramid enables you to eat a variety of foods daily so that you can get the nutrients you need The basis of
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