How to eat a balanced diet.
Divide your plate.
Divide your plate in half Low-calorie—yet satisfying—vegetables fill half the plate. The other half is divided into two equal portions (quarters). One is filled with a lean protein, the other with a whole-grain or starchy vegetable.
Calculate your calories.
Eating a balanced diet means not only getting enough of specific nutrients, such as vitamin C and beta carotene but also eating the right number of calories for your size.
The following equation will help you determine the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight.
Your bodyweight X 12 = __________
Subtract 500 calories from this number to lose 1 pound per week.
Eat by the Pyramid.
To get even more accurate about ensuring nutritional balance in your diet, eat by the USDA’s MyPyramid recommended intakes for all the major food groups.