The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offers the following advice for balancing calories and physical activity:
Getting adequate amounts of physical activity conveys many health benefits independent of body weight.
Strong evidence supports that regular participation in physical activity also helps people maintain a healthy weight and prevent excess weight gain. Further, physical activity, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake, may aid weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. Decreasing time spent in sedentary behaviors also is important as well. Strong evidence shows that more screen time, particularly television viewing, is associated with overweight and obesity in children, adolescents, and adults. Substituting active pursuits for sedentary time can help people manage their weight and provides other health benefits.
Kansans Move Into Health Series is designed to help adults identify important healthy lifestyle behaviors, overcome barriers that could prevent them from being healthy, and develop goals for maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. Each week’s lesson encourages participants to develop an individualized action plan for incorporating healthy eating and/or physical activity behaviors into their daily lives.