USDA Diet Review

Dietary guidelines for a healthy weight loss

Vital Stats

Full Name: United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines

Origin: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Description: Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet each and every day

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Likes: Foods laid out in the USDA guidelines

Dislikes: Saturated fats, sugars, sweets, artificial food products

Looking for: Those aiming to eat smart, to keep healthy, and who are willing to put a lot of effort into their diet

Works Well With: USDA's Food Guide Pyramid

Full Review of USDA Diet

The healthy eating guidelines are brought to you by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The dietary guidelines are updated every five years to promote overall health and help reduce the risk of serious illness.

The USDA guidelines cover information such as weight management, physical activity, getting the most nutrients out of your calories, food groups and food safety. The USDA diet tells you what foods you should be eating, how much you should be eating and what nutrients you need for overall healthy weight loss.

I'm sure by now that you're aware of the four main food groups: grains, fruits and veggies, dairy, and meats and beans. They have been drilled into our heads since we were five years old, but most of us are unfamiliar with the suggested daily servings: 3 servings of dairy, 3 servings of carbohydrates / grains, 4 servings of fruits / vegetables, and the incorporation of lean meats and proteins in moderation.

The USDA diet follows three mains steps for healthy weight loss:

  • Eat less than 2000 calories each day
  • Incorporate all the different food groups into your diet
  • Exercise 30-90 minutes daily

The problem with this diet is that it is very difficult to eat all of the suggested food servings while still staying under the 2000 calorie limit. Also, busy schedules that trap us into eating fast food or prepackaged meals make it almost impossible to follow this diet. However the good news is, by the time you have managed to eat from all the food groups, you won't have enough room in your stomach for anything else! ( That is, junk food, sweets, and so on.) Even with all its benefits however, this diet just seems too impractical for the modern lifestyle…they must have been dreaming when they came up with this one, but they get points for being optimistic.

Average weight loss: Around 4-8 lbs. after first two weeks; 1-2 lbs. each subsequent week.

Helpful Tips: If you normally have a hectic schedule, this diet will be VERY difficult to follow.

Pros

Cons

Includes daily exercise

Calorie counting

Focused on nutrition

Hard to fit all the food group servings into your daily meal plan

Based on plenty of scientific research

Hard to complete 30+ minutes of exercise every day