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Healthy Weight Center > Experts > Choosing a Diet: 1 | 2

Choosing a Diet (cont.)

FOODFIT:   Why do you need a menu plan to lose weight?

TISSA
KAPPAGODA:

 

A good menu plan helps people stay on track with their diet, without forcing them to become experts in nutrition.

The individual "food chain" begins with the weekly grocery shopping and most people approach it on autopilot! Even if they go to the supermarket with a well thought out list, what they bring home is often influenced by "specials" on offer. People eat the way they do according to individual tastes, but also because of habit, convenience, financial reasons and their knowledge of nutrition. They also do not want to spend a lot of time thinking about what to eat.
 

FOODFIT:   Why do you think the latest dietary guidelines from the National Academy of Sciences will help Americans eat better and achieve a healthier weight?

TISSA
KAPPAGODA:

 

Overall, the recommendations have linked food consumption to a person's needs, depending on their current level of activity. This information is linked, in turn, to an ideal body weight, thus permitting people to adjust the consumption of food to their activity level appropriately.

The recommendations also address the types of food that should be eaten to provide a balanced, healthy diet in the long-term, without additional supplements. Such a diet is likely to prevent many chronic diseases, such as coronary artery disease and certain forms of cancer.
 

FOODFIT:   How do you translate these recommendations into what people should eat every day?

TISSA
KAPPAGODA:

 

This was the central issue we kept in mind in designing the FoodFit Diet & Fitness Plan. In my hospital practice, patients have access to skilled dietitians who interpret these recommendations for patients. The FoodFit Plan provides a web-based system that uses the same general ideas and has the ability to reach a much wider audience.
 

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