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Table 3 Recommended quantities of each food group for weight maintenance and regain

From: Development of the “Recovery from Eating Disorders for Life” Food Guide (REAL Food Guide) - a food pyramid for adults with an eating disorder

FOOD GROUP Weight Maintenance Serves Weight Regain Serves
CARBOHYDRATE meals
(e.g. ½ cup cooked oatmeal, 2 slices bread, 1 cup cooked pasta)
3 4
CARBOHYDRATE snacks
(e.g. 1 muesli bar, 1 slice bread)
1 2
PROTEIN
(e.g. ½ cup grated cheese, ¾ cup beef mince, 1 cup tofu)
2 2
VEGETABLES/SALAD
(e.g. ½ cup peas, 1 cup mixed salad)
4 4
FRUIT
(e.g. 1 apple, 2 tablespoons raisins, 1 cup juice)
2 4
CALCIUM FOODS
(e.g. 1 cup milk, 1 cup yoghurt)
3 4
NUTS, OILS & FATS
(e.g. 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons margarine, 1 tablespoon avocado)
2 4
FUN FOODS
(e.g. 3 chocolate coated biscuits, 3 scoops ice cream, 1/3 cup lollies)
1 1
FLUIDS
(e.g. water, tea, coffee, juice)
1.5 to 2.0 Litres/day 1.5 to 2.0 Litres/day