Cowboy Challenge

Nutrition Team: Harrison Holmes, Elizabeth Bell, Jasmin John

Average American Diet vs. Recommended Diet

Normal American diet includes quite a bit of fast food, soda, and artificial sugars. Americans also consume many empty calories like pastries, cheese, and meats such as sausage, hot dogs, and bacon. To stay healthy, an average person should meet these requirements:
      • Calories: 2,000
      • Carbohydrates: 225-325 g
      • Protein: 101.9 grams for males and 70.1 grams for females
      • Sodium: 2,300mg
      • Fat: 65 g
      • Sugar:10 teaspoons

*These numbers change according to age, gender, and activity level


Why "Fad" Diets Don't Work

Fad diets focus on severe calorie reduction. Because of this the body's natural survival instincts to kick in by slowing down metabolism and gaining more fat because it thinks the body is starving itself. These diets also cut fluids, which are essential to normal body function. This all causes the body to gain weight faster after the diet is discontinued.