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MyPyramid is a healthy eating plan that helps you:
- Make smart choices from different food groups
- Balance the number of calories you "burn" through physical activity with the number of calories you eat so that you maintain a healthy weight
- Get plenty of healthy nutrients from the food you eat
The Pyramid has six color-coded stripes, each standing for a different food group. The food groups are:
- Milk and milk products (such as cheese, yogurt, and milk-based desserts)
- Meat and beans (including red meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts)
Want to know the amount of each food group you need daily? Go to MyPyramid Plan and enter your age, sex, weight, height, and the amount of physical activity you get on most days. After entering this information, you'll get a customized food guide that will tell you how many calories a day you can eat to maintain a healthy weight. It will also tell you (in cups or ounces) how much of each type of food you should eat each day.
If you don't want to use measuring cups and a food scale to measure out your food, take a look at the How Much Do YOU Eat? poster (PDF, 674 Kb). It uses everyday items to help you judge the amounts of various foods you should eat. For instance, one cup of broccoli is about the size of a baseball, and a half cup of sliced fruit is about the size of a small computer mouse.
Besides the different colored stripes in MyPyramid, do you also see the figure running up the steps of the pyramid? He stands for physical activity, which is discussed in the Staying Active section.
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Content last updated June 17, 2008.
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