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Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet” Your assignment must be composed in full sentences, grammar and spell checked in a Word document (“.docx”).  Use your own words! TurnItIn will be used to assess originality.  Please note all word count requirements and answer all prompts thoroughly.

For the first part of this assignment, use your 3 day diet and activity data entered for assignment 1 to briefly answer these questions (full sentences).  I will be referring to the reports you generated in assignment 1 to assess the accuracy of your answers to the prompts below.

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

Using your data from Energy Balance report:

  1. What was your average calories burned for BMR?. (1)
  2. What was your average calories burned for activity? (1)
  3. Was your average calorie intake higher or lower than your expenditure (BMR plus activity)? (1)
  4. What was your average net gain/loss of your energy balance? (1)
  5. Using the conversion of 3500 kcals = 1 lb of fat, what is your theoretical weight gain or loss per week based on your net gain/loss? You must show your work and report the theoretical wt gain/loss to 1 decimal point. (3)
  6. Is your theoretical weight gain/loss calculated in “e” above consistent with your current weight trends? (2). If not, what do you think what account for this inconsistency? (3)

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

For the second part of this assignment you will compare your diet to one from the US News and World Report “Best Diets”.  http://health.usnews.com/best-diet                                                                            When logged into the url, you will start in the middle of the page at this link and pick one diet you are interested in and possibly want to adopt to compare to your current dietary patterns. Compose your assignment as an essay in a Word document (.docx). Provide responses to the below prompts in a minimum of 750 words, using YOUR OWN WORDS (do not paraphrase or quote excessively because this will lower your score).

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

Prompts
Basics (2 pts)
Begin by explaining why you chose the diet from US News and World Report. Summarize the premise of this chosen diet and what category it was placed by US News and World Report.

Nutrition (4 pts)
What foods do this diet steer people towards or away from and why? Which food groups/foods/nutrients are restricted? Which food group/foods/nutrients are heavily promoted? How would this affect health if followed for a long time? Elaborate on research regarding both of these diets and identify scientific evidence supporting these results. Use pubmed or google scholar for scholarly article (WebMD, Wikipedia, etc ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE, provide URL.

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

Level of difficulty to follow (2 pts)
How difficult would it be to follow the diet from the US News and World Report website. Consider both your economic status, transportation, kitchen facilities, and time it would take to follow.

Diet Analysis – Energy Balance and “Best Diet”

Conclusion: (2 pts)
Explain what you learned about yourself and about overall health from completing the Diet Analysis Assigments (including Macronutrients and Diabetes, Micronutrients and Cancer, and this assignment) Describe any lifestyle changes that you would need to make to achieve energy balance and reduce disease risk.

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