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CDC: Healthy Weight

October 16, 2019

Overview

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teaches visitors to the site how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Under ‘Healthy Weight’ the site lists additional tips including:

  • Assessing Your Weight
  • Finding a Balance
  • Preventing Weight Gain
  • Losing Weight
  • Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
  • Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight
  • Tips for Parents
  • The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
  • External Resources

 

Achieving a Healthy Weight

Rather than listing all the new diets, the CDC takes a more conservative approach to teaching the best way to reach your target weight. The main excerpt under ‘Healthy Weight’ explains following fad diets is not the best method for losing weight. The most successful method is adopting long-term healthy eating practices, exercising regularly, and burning more calories than you eat and drink.

 

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight

The CDC website explains that choosing a healthy eating plan can be done by following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020. They state a healthy eating plan:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

 

Additional Resources

At the bottom of the page the CDC lists other resources Americans can use to eat healthy and lose weight. Everything from meal preparation and calorie consumption is discussed. The additional resources include:

  • Menu Labeling: Information for Consumers
  • Nutrition Education Resource and Materials
  • Improving Your Eating Habits
  • Planning Meals
  • Cutting Calories
  • Healthy Recipes

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