3 Easy Ways to Balance Your Diet

By EatingWell Editors, "Balance Your Diet," EatingWell In Season: The Farmers' Market Cookbook (2009)

Simple tips for healthy eating every day.

2. Calculate your calories.

Eating a balanced diet means not only getting enough of specific nutrients, such as vitamin C and beta carotene, but also eating the right number of calories for your size.

The following equation will help you determine the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight.

Your body weight X 12 = __________

Subtract 500 calories from this number to lose 1 pound per week. To lose 2 pounds per week, subtract 1,000. If you calculate a calorie target that’s less than 1,200, set your calorie goal at 1,200. For more help on losing weight healthfully, check out The EatingWell Diet.

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