Importance of Weight Control

Research has proven that the best way to maintain weight loss is through continued exercise and physical activity. Losing weight improves your risk factors for cardiovascular disease by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol. Even a moderate 5-10% loss of body weight can help. Reaching and keeping a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, gallstones, and certain cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to appreciate life. Energy balance is important for preserving a healthy weight.

The amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks (energy IN) is balanced with the energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active (energy OUT). The same amount of energy IN and energy OUT over time weight stays the same (energy balance), more energy IN than OUT over time will lead to weight gain, and more energy OUT than IN over time will result in weight loss. To preserve a healthy weight, your energy IN and OUT don't have to balance exactly every day. It's the balance over time that helps you preserve a healthy weight.

Other methods of reaching and sustaining a healthy weight if you:

  • Follow a healthy diet, and if you are overweight or obese, reduce your daily intake by 500 calories for weight loss
  • Are physically active
  • Limit the time you spend being physically inactive