The New American Plate for Weight Loss, Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention

Meet the New American Plate from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

The New American Plate guidelines are in keeping with the AICR's recommendation that individuals adopt a predominantly plant-based diet by choosing mostly plant foods, limiting red meat and avoiding processed meat altogether.  The picture illustrates what the New American Plate should look like:

 2/3 (or more) vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans
 1/3 (or less) animal protein

Based on the most comprehensive report on diet and cancer ever completed, the AICR found that a mostly plant-based diet may not only reduce the risk of cancer but is also a powerful tool in weight loss and healthy weight management.  The report concluded that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things an individual can do to lower risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.  The AICR's cancer prevention and weight loss strategies are simple and straight-forward:

Strategies for Cancer Prevention:
1.  Eat mostly plant-based foods, which are low in energy density (i.e., calories)
2.  Be physically active
3.  Maintain a healthy weight (via steps 1 and 2, as well as reducing portion size)

Strategies for Weight Loss:
1.  Eat a greater proportion of plant-based foods, which are low in energy density (i.e., calories)
2.  Be physically active
3.  Reduce your portion size

 Learn more about the New American Plate and How it Works
 Take the New American Plate 12 Weeks to a Healthier Weight Challenge
 Read about Adopting a Plant-Based Diet

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