This being my last semester in college and having the majority of my class requirements filled I chose to take a nutrition class this semester. We have recently been going over the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These are simply just the guidelines that the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and Agriculture have come up in order for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Well this contradicts everything I have been learning through my nutritional coach licensing (if you remember I am studying to become one). So I wanted to take some time why yes they are good guidelines to follow but they are not the exact guidelines you should follow. First I wanted to outline some of the guidelines that they provide.
· Maintaining correct calorie intake (based on your physical activity, gender and age).
· Macronutrient breakdowns are based on just your age (these are generally the same and range anywhere from 45-65% carbs, 10-30% protein and 25-35% fat)
· Physical activity guidelines are based on age under 17 is 60 minutes per day and over 18 is at least 150 minutes per week
· Have no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day
· Less than 10% of calories from saturated fats
· Less than 300 mg of Cholesterol
Now again don’t get me wrong these are great starting points but everyone is different. Just go off of looks, do we not all look different (ok the exceptions of twins) but we all have different features. Some of us are tall, some are short, some have blonde hair, some have brown. We are individuals, and this goes for our bodies too. For example some people eat lots of dairy products but for some people the intake of dairy products make them sick. Dietary guidelines are just that guidelines, it is not something you follow if you want the highest degree of health for your body possible. This is because we all have individuality. A women who is 6 feet tall is going to need more calories than someone my size at just 5 feet tall. My point to this post is just because you are following the dietary guidelines does mean you are doing the best you can for your body. If you want to achieve the balance for your body put some time and effort into it, you won’t regret it 🙂