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What's the difference between a sedentary lifestyle, a moderately active lifestyle and an active lifestyle?

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Sedentary means a lifestyle that includes light physical activity associated with typical activities of daily living. Moderately active consists of walking 1.5 to 3 miles daily at a pace of 3 to 4 miles per hour (or the equivalent). An active person walks more than 3 miles daily at the same pace, or equivalent exercise.

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2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.for Americans

Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes, macronutrients, 2002.

Thomas, D. Int J Obes (Lond) , December 2013.

Today's Dietitian: "Farewell to the 3,500-Calorie Rule," November 2014. 

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on November 12, 2018

SOURCES: 

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.for Americans

Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes, macronutrients, 2002.

Thomas, D. Int J Obes (Lond) , December 2013.

Today's Dietitian: "Farewell to the 3,500-Calorie Rule," November 2014. 

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on November 12, 2018

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