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As of June 2, 2011 the United States Department of Agriculture replaced the long standing MyPyramid nutrition guide with the new MyPlate guide. Research is constantly being done on both nutrition and exercise so its about time they finally updated this. It is not an individualized nutrition guideline but I believe it provides a good foundation of information to go by.

I will say, there is one big void and that is fats. You have good fats such as various nuts, omega 3’s, natural peanut butter, and then obviously you have your bad and unhealthy fats, especially saturated. It appears they lumped healthy fats in with protein but they are very separate macronutrients which carry out completely different functions within the body.

They do have an interactive tool page with a daily food plan that allows you to enter your age, sex, weight, etc…and they will give you a rough guideline of how your diet should look.

Like i said, it has flaws in my opinion but its a place to start.


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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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