Weight Management Basics

Weight management is a balancing act, but the equation is simple:

Calories In (Diet) - Calories Out (Exercise) = Weight Loss or Weight Gain

To lose weight you must either:

  • Decrease calories consumed with diet modification, or
  • Increase calories burned with improved exercise.

A good weight loss plan incorporates healthy change in both areas.

Losing weight... takes commitment... The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds. While this weight may still be in the "overweight" or "obese" range, this modest weight loss can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity.

Evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn't just about a "diet" or "program." It's about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.

Text from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Website