How to Identify your Personal Nutrition Needs


You may have knowhow about RDA or recommended dietary allowance. RDA guides people about their daily diet schedule and the dietary habbits they should maintain in order to keep body healthy. There are RDAs for different age and gender. However, the truth is that this is not a good way of identifying a person’s nutrition needs. Identification  on the basis of personal factors like weight, goals, sex ,age, activities, andhealth condition.

Age.

Different  age gropus need different nutrient intakes for maintain bodies normal growth. For instance, an adults nutritional needs are different from that of a child. Children due to thier active lifestyle need more zinc while at the age of 50 a woman needs more calcium  to keep her bones from deteriorating.

Gender:

Personal nutritional needs are different for a man as compared to to needs of a woman. Here age factor is not taking any part as both women and men can have same age. For instance, a man in 50s does not need iron containing vitamins however a woman of this age will need iron as well as calcium and magnesium. Similar trend holds for children. Girls need less carbohydrates as they are less active than boys and boysshould to eat more carbohydrates to boost their energies.

Activities:

More active people are advised to  have more energy-boosting diet as compared to those who work less. In less active people, extra calories tend to accumulate as fats, which is dangerous for thier bodies.

Weight:

Different diet is advised to overweight people as compared to underweight persons. For example, underweight people should eat more carbohydrates and fats however overweight persons should eat less carbohydrates and fats.

Health Condition:

A sick person’s diet is obviously different from a healthy person. Diet and nutrition has to be changed to a level which a sick body can absorb. Moreover different diet is prescribed in different illness. People having diabetes are should take less sugar but  those having hypertension should take less salts.

Goals:

People planning to develop their muscles should have more protein in their diet than usual while those who want to lose weight, are advised to take lesser carbohydrates and fats.

You should consult a registered dietician for the type of nutrition you need to take. Based on your gender, weight, goals, age, activities, health condition, and some other factors, a dietician will suggest the best for you. Moreover you have to developgood eating habbits and take care of the fact that the food you eat is free from germs or other  unwanted organisms and fresh so that you get the most from it.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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