Dietary Guidelines: Balance Calories, Control Weight

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Screen shot 2012 10 11 at 9.39.13 AM Dietary Guidelines: Balance Calories, Control WeightPeople who are most successful at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight do so through two important steps:

1) continued attention to consuming only enough calories from foods and beverages to meet their needs

2) and by being physically active.

Here are the goals for body weight:

• Prevent and/or reduce overweight and obesity through improved eating and physical activity behaviors.

• Control total calorie intake to manage body weight. For people who are overweight or obese, this will mean consuming fewer calories from foods and beverages.

• Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors.

• Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and older age.

Disease statistics are alarming:

By controlling your weight, you lessen your chances for diet-related chronic diseases:

• 81 million have cardiovascular disease

• 74 million have hypertension while 36% of the population is headed in that direction with pre- hypertension!

• 24 million have diabetes and 78 million have prediabetes

• 41% of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

• 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will get an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime.

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See dietaryguidelines.gov Bottom line:

There is never a better time than now to get your weight under control, bring back your health and avoid being a statistic!

“To curb the obesity epidemic and improve their health, many Americans must decrease the calories they consume and increase the calories they spend through activity.”

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