Calorie Intake Analysis Answers

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1. Calorie Intake Analysis
a. My recommended caloric values according to the USDA Supertracker website are as follows:
i. Total Calories: My recommended calorie intake has been set to 2000 total calories per day. ii. Empty Calories: The recommended amount of empty calories that I should be consuming on a daily basis is 258 or less. iii. Solid Fats: I have no specific recommended intake for solid fats, because they are included as a part of the recommended intake of empty calories. Because of this, I should simply be consuming 258 calories or less of solid fats and added sugars as a whole. iv. Added Sugars: I also have no specific recommended intake for added sugars, because they too are included as a part of the empty calories category. Once
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Overall, my actual caloric intake was much lower than my recommended daily values. I consumed an average of 1324 total calories each day, when I should have consumed about 2000 calories. I may have been below my recommended intake due to my consistently small breakfasts. Although I do eat breakfast on a daily basis, it often consists only of a bowl of oatmeal. Additionally, I often will eat only a salad and fruit for lunch. Though all of these foods are filling, they have a relatively low amount of calories, thus leaving me below my recommended intake. I did, however, do well in the area of empty calories. It was recommended that I consume less than 258 empty calories each day, and I fulfilled this by consuming an average of 247 empty calories. Again, this is likely due to the choices I make such as eating many fruits and vegetables and avoiding excess consumption of foods with added fat and sugar, such as sugary beverages, processed foods, and …show more content…
I met the recommended intake requirements for vegetables, fruits, and protein. This is because I make proteins and vegetables a main portion of my meals, and I eat fruit as a snack throughout the day. I did, however, fall short of meeting the requirements for dairy and grains. The week that I chose for diet analysis was the week before thanksgiving break. Because of this, I had been running low on some groceries that I planned to purchase over the holiday weekend. Some of these groceries included milk, yogurt, and cheese. Although I typically do not consume large amounts of these products, I am intentional about making them a part of my diet. On an average week, I believe that my dairy intake would have been higher than is shown on this report. In terms of grain consumption, I do not incorporate much bread, rice, or grain in general into my diet. Many of my meals consist of salads, soups, or simply protein foods and vegetables, therefore my grain intake is quite low. I plan to be more intentional about adding this food group to my diet now that I see how low my consumption of grains truly

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