Nutrition and diet control are some of the most important factors contributing to a healthy
lifestyle. Designing a healthy diet can improve our health, prevent certain diseases, achieve and
maintain a desirable weight, and maintain our energy and vitality (1). But over the last thirty
years, especially with the new institution of fast food and prepackaged meals, nutritional diets
have been pushed aside by convenience, saving money, and speedy preparation. This means that
most Americans are
getting the proper nutritional requirements vital for maintaining bodily
functions. A large percentage of Americans are consuming these prepackaged meals. Though
these meals may be easy to prepare, they contain poor nutritional quality. Today, most diets are
larger in quantity, which means greater numbers in fat and calorie intake. One important
consideration for analyzing one’s diet is physical activity. While high calorie diets are perfectly
fine for an active lifestyle, if they are not burned off, those excess calories will be stored as fat.
In fact, a report from Harvard University stated that Americans eat two hundred calories more
food energy per day than they expend (2). In this laboratory experience, we will have the
opportunity to analyze our personal nutritional quality and the risks and benefits connected to our
What we eat directly affects our bodies and contributes to our wellness. Defined as a
multidimensional process, which includes physical, emotional, and spiritual health, wellness is
critically affected by our nutritional intake.
With diet affecting so many aspects of our
livelihood, most Americans still maintain poor food choices everyday. Though we may not be
feeling the effects of those choices right now, our unhealthy decisions can lead to health
complications in the future. Osteoporosis, high blood pressure and cholesterol, type II diabetes,
and heart disease are just some of the health problems that can be caused by poor dieting.