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Nutrition Paper on Self Assessment of Physical Health

Nutrition Paper: Self Assessment

After assessing my diet through the process of recording my intake of food over the course of two days and analyzing its nutritional value, relative to my gender, weight, height, activity level and age, I have successfully reached several conclusions about my current dietary habits. Prior to this analysis of my diet, I was unsuspecting of some of my bad habits which were unbeknownst to me at the time and as a result, I was fairly shocked to see the results.

Among the aspects which were particularly surprising to me was my level of protein intake. Compared to the recommended 92 grams of daily intake, I managed to consume 213 grams worth of protein on average during these two days. This was 230% of what the recommended value is. However, despite my mammoth protein intake, due to the fact that my calories intake (4,295.94) exceeded the recommended level (3,000) by 1,296 calories, I my protein intake was still in the ballpark zone of what it should have been, relative to my percentage of sources of daily calories. This number was 20%, whereas It should have been somewhere around 15%. This is seen as a recurring theme throughout my diet. That is that due to my enormous calorie intake, the levels nutrients I received from each category exceeded the recommended daily value in nearly every category. However, it seems that my percentages from sources of calories remained in the target area. As mentioned above, protein was 20% whereas the target was 15%, carbohydrates were 55% whereas the target was 55%, and fats were 26% whereas the target was 30%.

Despite this favorable percentage of course of calories breakdown, the fact of the matter is that these are merely percentages and my total intake of calories was much too high. This is also seen in my intake of total fat which was at 122.8 grams or 119% of the recommended value and saturated fat which comprised 52.65 grams of that or 154% of the recommended value. My excessive intake of cheese was a strong contributing factor to these high levels of fat.

The most appalling aspect of this breakdown is, without question, my intake of cholesterol. At a recommended daily value of no less than 300 grams, I consumed a staggering 631 grams which is over...

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