Eating Low-Nutrient Foods

The accepted wisdom is that the “average” woman should consume fewer than 1,500 calories daily, and a man fewer than 2,300 calories. To hold to the 90 percent rule, women should not consume more than 150 calories per day of low-nutrient food, or about 1,000 calories weekly. Men should not consume more than 200 calories of low-nutrient food daily, or about 1,500 calories weekly.
100 Calories of Low-Nutrient Foods Equals
  • 2.5 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Half a bagel
  • Half a cup of pasta
  • One small cookie
  • 2 ounces of broiled chicken or turkey breast
  • 3 ounces of fish
  • 1.5 ounces of red meat
  • One thin slice of cheese
  • One cup of 1 percent or skim milk
For those who have a lot of weight to lose, eat less than 100 calories per day of low-nutrient foods.
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Dr. Bruce - October 10, 2007 10:23 AM

Your definition of low nutrient foods has me a little puzzled. Somehow you list a good many of the things most of us consider to be healthy eating. Where have I gone wrong?

jennifer cochran - October 10, 2007 12:38 PM

I would suggest to Dr. Bruce to read Eat to Live if he has not already. He will then be able to answer his own question. Many of those foods listed (pasta, cookies, animal products, and cheese)contain little if any nutritional density, especially when compared with green veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. Read ETL for a better explanation.

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