Caloric Balance

Whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight most often comes down to your caloric balance, or how many calories are consumed compared to the calories burned each day.

  • If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gainweight.
  • If you burn more calories than you consume, you shouldlose weight.

Keep in mind that in addition to calories burned through exercise, your body requires a certain amount of calories every day just to function. This is known as your basal metabolism.

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