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Counting calories to maintain a healthy weight


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There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy when it comes to calorie consumption, and that can contribute to some confusion as adults try to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.


Dietary guidelines established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) promote nutrient-dense foods and beverages, but many people prefer to know how many calories they should consume each day. Though that’s understandable, the quality of the calories consumed goes a long way toward determining how nutritious a diet is.


The Cleveland Clinic notes that the DHHS guidelines have historically recommended adults 21 and over consume between 1,600 and 3,000 calories per day. However, staying within those parameters does not necessarily mean a person’s diet is healthy. Though individuals should keep total calorie consumption in mind when planning their diets, it’s equally important to recognize what else the DHHS has to say about diet, particularly foods to avoid.


The DHHS recommends limiting consumption of foods and beverages that are high in added sugars, saturated fat and sodium. Limiting consumption of alcoholic beverages is another way to ensure your diet is working for you and not against you.


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