Diet Planning Assessment

Essay by KizaLaneCollege, UndergraduateB+, October 2014

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Liza Kane

Sport & Exercise Nutrition

I am a dietician working at the University of Iowa's Campus Wellness and Recreation Center. Recently, I had a current student of the University come to me seeking assistance. My client is a 21-year-old female that weighs 150 pounds and is 5'5 in height. Her primary goal is to lose 10 pounds over the next 6 months by incorporating exercise into her daily routine. She has begun walking to each of her classes everyday, which adds up to a total of one hour of walking per day. She also exercises at the Recreation Center 3 times a week, where she does 45 minutes of moderate to intense cardiovascular activity and 20 minutes of moderate weight lifting. To help determine her caloric needs, I calculated her basal metabolic rate using the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, which comes out as 1,446 calories a day.

Since she is a moderately active full-time college student, eating fast food is simply easier for her because it is both cheaper and faster than preparing a meal at home.

Her personal favorite spot on campus to get a quick meal is Subway, because it is easily accessible, affordable, and, of course, fast.

To determine whether or not her Subway meal was a better option compared to a home cook meal, I decided to take a closer look by comparing her sub sandwich to items purchased at Hyvee. The turkey sub sandwich she usually orders consists of 12 inches of 9-grain wheat bread with 6 slices of turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, and cucumbers. At Hyvee, I purchased 14 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, an 8-ounce box of quinoa, a pound of fresh asparagus, and 1 gallon of skim milk.

Although Subway often advertises meals as the affordable way to remain healthy,