A balanced diet is essential for your personal and professional well being as well as
providing prevention for certain diseases.
A typical day as a professional stylist can be
demanding and your diet may be one of the most important factors for your success. You're going
to need all the energy you can get!
Almost all foods contain mixtures of the three energy
nutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The energy they
contain is measured in calories. The body uses this energy in
several ways: to heat itself, to build its structures and to move
its parts during exercise and activities. The energy may also
be stored in body fat for later use. In addition to the energy
nutrients, other essential nutrients are vitamins, minerals
You may have heard the term RDA - Recommended Dietary Allowances. The U.S. Government
established the RDA as the appropriate nutrient intakes for people in this country in an attempt to
help them select an adequate diet from the array of available foods. The human appetite cannot
always be trusted to choose foods that are best for the individual or needed to complete the daily
requirements. Many people tend to eat what they like rather than what is best for them.
Calories burned during exercise and activities
Activity (1 hour)
Bicycling, 10 mph, leisure
Calisthenics (pushups, sit-ups), light/moderate effort
Cleaning house, general
Golf, carrying clubs
Horseback riding, walking
Judo, karate, kick boxing, tae kwon do
Rope jumping, moderate
Running, 6 mph (10 minute mile)
Skiing, snow, downhill, moderate
RDA Guidelines for
Based on % of calories:
(10% or less saturated)
Data is based on research from Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the "Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine."