The food and physical activity choices made today—and everyday—affect your health and how you feel now and in the future. Eating right and being physically active are keys to a healthy lifestyle.
If you eat 100 more food calories a day than you burn, you’ll gain about 1 pound in a month. That’s about 10 pounds in a year. The bottom line is that to lose weight, it’s important to reduce calories and increase physical activity.
Make smart choices from every food group
Give your body the balanced nutrition it needs by eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day. Just be sure to stay within your daily calorie needs.
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.
For healthy and fun recipes, check out Mayor’s Fitness Council partner, Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF). Rooted in the belief that food is medicine, CHEF is a Culinary Health Education Program that teaches children and families basic nutrition and practical cooking skills, with the long-term goal of motivating individuals and communities to adopt and sustain healthier eating habits.
Nutritious table is a website from the Mayor’s Fitness Council’s partner Linda Farr. She is a registered dietician devoted to improving the health of San Antonio residents. If you are looking for a more personalized approach to nutrition, please visit www.nutritioustable.com.