The Good Health Guidelines
Important guidelines for healthy weight loss
The Good Health Guidelines guide you toward healthy choices as you lose weight. These guidelines ensure you are getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need to boost your health while losing weight. Check off your “Healthy Checks” as you meet them each day in the PointsPlus® Tracker.
What's a serving size?
1. Fruits, vegetables and leafy greens
| The Good Health Guidelines
|1. Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day, (nine servings if you weigh over 350 pounds.)
|2. Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.
|3. Include two servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day. If you’re a nursing mom, teenager, over 50 years old, or weigh more than 250 pounds, you should have three servings of milk products each day.
|4. Have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed) each day.
|5. Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of lean meats, skinless poultry, fish, beans, soy products, and lentils.
|6. Limit added sugar and alcohol.
|7. Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day. Water is the best choice.
|8. Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.
Serving sizes are 1 cup for leafy greens and 1/2 cup for all other vegetables and fruits. The lettuce alone in a large salad may well count for 2 or more vegetable servings. The default portion for most fruits and vegetables in the Plan Manager is one cup.
2. Packaged whole grains
Use the nutrition label to determine the serving size of packaged whole grain foods.
3. Milk and dairy
If you are more than 50 years old or are a teenager or a nursing mom, increase milk servings to three each day. Examples of one milk serving include 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1 1/2 ounces of many cheeses.
4. Healthy oils
Having 2 teaspoons of healthy oil each day ensures that you get the vitamin E and essential fatty acids that your body needs. Use the oil on salads, in cooking or as an ingredient in a mixed dish. Two teaspoons of oil is not even 1 tablespoon, so be careful to measure, since each additional teaspoon counts as another PointsPlus
value of 1.
5. Lean meat and fish
A serving of lean meat or fish is generally 3 to 4 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.
Six 8-ounce glasses of water is just 3 standard 16-ounce bottles.