2000 Calorie Diet from Weight lose Consultants

Sticking to a 2000 calorie diet means cutting down on your caloric intake. This type of diet is effective, safe, and allows you to choose foods by serving sizes as well as types of foods to consume. Increase your chance of success by eating a variet
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Nov. 7, 2009 - PRLog -- Sticking to a 2000 calorie diet means cutting down on your caloric intake. This type of diet is effective, safe, and allows you to choose foods by serving sizes as well as types of foods to consume. Increase your chance of success by eating a variety of foods that are healthy and well balanced. Use the Food and Drug Administration's pyramid guide for serving sizes and rotate foods to help you stay on track. Keep in mind when reading food labels that serving suggestions are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Take the time to understand how to read food labels before you shop. This article will help you understand what foods are recommended, provide easy measuring tips, sample menus, and healthy eating tips.
FDA's Food Pyramid
What's Changed?

The old FDA pyramid suggested grains up to eleven servings per day, and vegetables and fruits up to five servings per day. Three servings of meats and beans were recommended along with three servings of milk per day. The old diet from the FDA told us to use oil sparingly or not at all, the new one tells us six teaspoons is safe. The ratio of meats to grains has doubled where fruits and vegetable servings have decreased.
2000 Calorie Diet Recommendations Foods    Old    New
Grains    6-11 servings    6 ounces
Vegetables    3.5 servings    2.5 cups
Fruits    2-4 servings    2 cups
Meat & Beans    2-3 servings    5.5 ounces
Milk    2-3 servings    3 cups
Oils    use sparingly    6 teaspoons

The Simple Way to Measure Foods

If you don't have a food scale at home, following recommended portions can be tough. When measuring foods, make sure you get the right amount by using these guidelines:

   * Fruits = size of a baseball
   * One-half cup veggies = bulb part of the light bulb
   * Cereal and grains = standard tea cup
   * Pasta and rice = cupped palm
   * Meat, chicken or fish = size of woman's palm
   * Beans = bulb part of the light bulb
   * Two tablespoons of peanut butter = size of one walnut shell
   * Milk = standard yogurt container
   * Salad dressings = one-half of walnut shell

Create Your Own and Mix it Up

Mix up your food choices so you don't get bored. Eating the same foods day after day will make your palate unhappy. Below are some meal solutions you can use to start and then mix it up for variety. Any combination of these breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner menus is 2000 calories. Challenge yourself to find and eat healthy foods by creating recipes that are low in fat and higher in whole grains, beans, fish, and rice.

Breakfast

   * Toast with jam and a cereal bar
   * Oatmeal with skim milk topped with blueberries or strawberries
   * Whole grain cereals; buy in bulk and create your own
   * Plain yogurt with fruit and glass of juice
   * Hard boiled egg and fruit cup

Lunch

   * Baked potato with black beans
   * Low-fat turkey sandwich; use whole grain roll
   * Green salad with hard-boiled egg and low fat dressing
   * Tuna fish mixed with tablespoon of low fat mayonnaise and whole wheat crackers
   * Spinach salad with fruits, corn, and nuts

Snacks

   * Raw veggies like carrots, red or yellow peppers
   * Popcorn without the butter
   * Trail mix or granola bar
   * Two whole grain bread sticks
   * Fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges

Dinner

   * Fresh fish with rice
   * Chicken or turkey with plain baked potato
   * Soy burger topped with low-fat cheese on whole grain bun
   * Fresh vegetables
   * Leafy green salads with low fat dressing

Healthy Eating Tips
Read full article at: http://www.loss-weight-diet.org/diets/2000-calorie-diet/

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