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What is a balanced diet? How many calories to consume in a day?

A balanced diet gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get the nutrition
you need, most of your daily calories should come from:

● fresh fruits
● fresh vegetables
● whole grains
● legumes
● nuts
● lean proteins

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Trusted Source explain how much of each nutrient you
should consume daily.

About calories
The number of calories in food refers to the amount of energy stored in that food. Your body
uses calories from food for walking, thinking, breathing, and other important functions.
The average person needs about 2,000 calories every day to maintain their weight, but the
the amount will depend on their age, sex, and physical activity level.
Males tend to need more calories than females, and people who exercise need more calories
then people who don’t.

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