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One-third of Americans are currently considered obese (BMI >30), which puts them into a high risk category for developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, lung diseases, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, strain on the back and particular cancers. A food pyramid has be devised to address current food beliefs and the need for balance with exercise with people requiring 30-60 minutes/day of exercise. A bull's eye style of diet has also been proposed by a dietician, incorporating water as an essential component and using green 'go', yellow 'caution' and red 'avoid' coloring to indicate the use of foods in that category. The bull's eye diet also differs to accommodate low carbohydrate, or high protein styled diets. The recommendation for maintaining weight loss is to take breaks every 10-15 pound weight loss and have a 2 week maintenance period where the diet is altered to stabilise the persons weight. This is continued until their ideal weight is achieved.

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About: Eating for your health

Date: 26 May 2005

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