Physical Activity and Weight Control

ScalePhysical activity is important for physical health, emotional well-being, and achieving a healthy weight. Physical activity may help you control your weight by using excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. Most foods and many beverages you eat and drink contain calories, and everything you do uses calories. This includes sleeping, breathing, digesting food and of course, moving around. Balancing the calories you eat with the calories you use through physical activity may help you maintain your current weight.

Calories in food > Calories used = Weight Gain

Calories in food < Calories used = Weight Loss

Calories in food = Calories used = Weight Control

Being physically active may also make you more energetic, improve your mood, and reduce the risk of developing some chronic diseases.

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