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Physical Activity and Weight Control

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Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also

can help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what type of

physical activity you perform--sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related

tasks--all are beneficial. Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain significant health

benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day. Based on these findings,

the U.S. Public Health Service has identified increased physical activity as a priority in Healthy People

2000, our national objectives to improve the health of Americans by the year 2000.

Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with healthy eating habits, is the

most efficient and healthful way to control your weight. Whether you are trying to lose weight or

maintain it, you should understand the important role of physical activity and include it in your


How Can Physical Activity Help Control My Weight?

Physical activity helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored

as fat. Your body weight is regulated by the number of calories you eat and use each day. Everything

you eat contains calories, and everything you do uses calories, including sleeping, breathing, and

digesting food. Any physical activity in addition to what you normally do will use extra calories.

Balancing the calories you use through physical activity with the calories you eat will help you achieve

your desired weight. When you eat more calories than you need to perform your day's activities, your

body stores the extra calories and you gain weight (a). When you eat fewer calories than you use, your

body uses the stored calories and you lose weight (b). When you...


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