June 2013 Issue

Strike An Energy Balancing Act

For energy balance and optimal weight, focus on nutrient-rich foods—lean meats, low-fat dairy, whole grains, vegetables and fruits—and physical activity.

If you take in less energy than your body requires, you lose weight; when you take in more than you need, you gain weight. When your energy is in perfect balance, you maintain your weight. It seems so easy, but two out of three adults are overweight or obese and struggle to master this equation. Most Americans become overweight through a slow, gradual weight gain of one to two pounds per year, demonstrating that a slight imbalance of energy is all it takes to result in weight gain over time, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This can result in health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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