Nutrition for Women
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Starting at puberty and continuing all the way into menopause, women have special health and nutrition needs that men do not. These unique requirements are related to hormonal changes and experiences that occur throughout the course of a woman’s adult life.
Healthy Eating Habits
Whatever your age, it is never too late or too early to form healthy eating habits that are suited to women’s special dietary needs. Women generally have less muscle and more body fat than men and, therefore, lower metabolism. That means women need significantly fewer calories than men to maintain a satisfactory body weight. For most women, between 1,200 and 2,200 calories a day is appropriate.
Many women struggle with their weight, sometimes resorting to new diet fads and pills along the way. These are short–term fixes that do not hold up over time, and some of them may be downright dangerous to a woman’s health. To enjoy a healthy diet that provides high–quality nutrition and a reasonable number of calories, the best thing to do is follow the Food Pyramid Guidelines.
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