The Dietary Analysis Project is an assignment where you will keep track of your dietary intake and exercise over one week. This is not the time to start a diet or exercise program; I want to see your habits. Keep a food and exercise diary indicating when you eat (time), what you eat, and the estimated or exact portion size (use cups, ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons… consistent portions, not “a handful,” bag, etc.), plus any exercise or activities that increase your metabolism or fitness level. The reports generated from using the website are for you to help figure out how your diet measured up to health recommendations. After the program analyzes your intake, you will take the results and summarize them in your own words.
Turn in 2 documents: 1-Your typed food/exercise log and 2- A professionally written paper outlining the composition of your diet and improvements to make. Please use the following order to discuss the nutritional components of your diet. Each of the numbered items below should have its paragraph:
1. Calories. Start by explaining what Calories are and then what your average daily calorie intake was compared to what the program or other reputable resource says will meet your needs.
2. Carbohydrates. Start by explaining what Carbohydrates are, why they are needed, and then what your average daily carbohydrate intake was compared to what the program recommends for you. Discuss in terms of grams and comment on what percentage of your total calories come from Carbohydrates.
3. Protein. Start by explaining what Protein is, why it is needed, and what your average daily protein intake was compared to what the program recommends. Discuss in terms of grams and comment on what percentage of your total calories is made up of Protein.
4. Fat. Start by explaining what Fat is, why it is needed, and your average daily fat intake compared to what the program recommends for you. Discuss your fat information in terms of grams and comment on what percentage of your total calories is made up of Fat.
5. List the Important Vitamins & Minerals that you are consuming in your diet and your values compared to the recommendations for these nutrients (be specific about those analyzed on Fitday). The program will give you discounts for your Sodium, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron, so you will need to discuss them briefly.
6. Fiber (also analyzed in Fitday, link provided: https://www.fitday.com). Discuss the roles of fiber and what your consumption is compared to health recommendations.
7. How can you improve your diet and exercise level and come closer to meeting the recommendations? List several things you could do and different foods you could eat regularly to help you do this, and please be realistic. It is essential to consider whether you would swap certain foods, add them or delete them from your usual dietary patterns.
The written summary should be 3-5 pages in length, and you will also need to submit a copy of your food diary with all details (this could be a separate word document or at the beginning of your summary.
(Link if needed: https://www.calorieking.com/us/en/
This website allows you to look up just about any food to find out its nutritional information.)