Weight loss and weight gain are a balancing act for many of us. We consume calories through the foods we eat and our body can then use it or expend the calories through physical activity.
When we consume more calories than our body uses, that’s when weight gain occurs. Over time, this can lead to being overweight and obesity. When we consume about the same amount of calories as our body expends, we can maintain our weight. And finally, if we consume fewer calories than our body expends, we can lose weight.
In addition to helping your body expend calories, regular physical activity can affect the amount of calories you might consume. Did you know that physical activity before a meal can decrease your appetite? Also, by adding physical activity into your daily routine you can relieve the boredom and stress that can make you want to eat. Staying active can help you to maintain or lose weight.
Use physical activity as a tool to balance the calories you consume from foods and to reduce overweight and obesity. Watch for our annual Winchester Weigh-Down beginning in March. This is a great way to get you started on a life-time of physical activity. This program will offer weekly nutrition and physical activity classes to assist you with weight loss, great prizes and best of all, a healthier you. Watch The Winchester Sun for this event.
Jennifer Howard is the Clark County Extension Service agent for family and consumer sciences.