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Good Diets for Young Women

Overview

Eating right can be a challenge for young women in college or for those starting their careers. The American Dietetic Association recommends a balanced diet to keep young women healthy and their minds sharp. Some of these women may need some guidance when it comes to eating a balanced diet and there are a few good diet plans that can help.

MyPyramid Plan

The MyPyramid Plan is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans created by the United States Department of Agriculture. The information provided is based on scientific data supporting good health and the prevention of chronic disease, according to USDA. The MyPyramid Plan offers a meal pattern with recommended number of servings from each of the food groups. The number of servings can be adjusted depending on the young woman's weight goals. The diet is low in fat and high in fiber. It emphasizes whole-grains, colorful fruits and vegetables, plant-based oils, lean proteins and low-fat or fat free dairy foods. The MyPyramid Plan also offers tips on how young women can increase activity.

Healthy Eating Pyramid

The Healthy Eating Pyramid was developed by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. The goal of the Healthy Eating Pyramid is to promote energy balance for weight control through physical activity and healthy food choices. For young women, the Healthy Eating Pyramid is a lifestyle diet. The diet encourages whole grains, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Red meat, butter and refined flours and processed foods are discouraged. The diet suggests that young women focus on the quality of their diet instead of the numbers, selecting more foods from the bottom of the pyramid than the top.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers has been helping young women lose weight for more than 40 years. It offers group meetings for young women who need a little extra support and online plans for young women on the go. Weight Watchers is a low-fat, calorie-controlled meal plan. Women are given a certain number of points to consume on a daily basis. Each food item is given a point value based calories, fat and fiber. Young women can eat whatever they want and lose weight as long as they stay within their given points. The program teaches women how to eat smarter by choosing more lower calorie, filling foods to keep them satisfied longer.

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