By: Nayeli Pozuelos
I believe that my diet does meet my nutritional needs because on average, I get just the right amount of calories, the total amount of fat I consume is in a good range, and the amount of carbs are a little over, which is not too bad.
What are the Nutritional Requirements for a 14 year old?
What are MY Nutritional Requirements?
I believe that my diet does provide a good balance because I try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and I try to limit myself from eating too much "junk food." I consume just the right amount of calories and total fat. But, I do feel that I need to have more protein and maybe a little less carbohydrates in my diet in order for it to be completely balanced and so I can maintain a healthy diet.
My Diet vs. Nutritional Requirements
Throughout a period of 7 days, I kept track of what I ate through a day in a food diary. I specifically wrote down the calories, total fat, carbohydrates, and protein in each food that I ate. Then,I added all the information for one day and averaged each day. This chart shows the numbers and averages for the week.
Current Food Choices
I love to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but once in a while I would eat a lot of sweets, such as oreos and ice cream. My data also shows that for breakfast, I would eat food that was low in calories, protein, carbs, and fat. But, it was for lunch and dinner that I consumed higher amounts of calories, protein, carbs, and fat.
This bar graph shows my recommended nutritional requirements compared to my actual diet. On average, I consume 1500 calories, 64 grams of total fat, 176 grams of carbs, and 64 grams of protein.