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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your health by losing weight and getting more physical activity on a regular basis? Although the typical holiday weight gain is only one pound, many of us are motivated to lose weight at the beginning of the year.
The healthiest and most effective way to shed pounds is to make lifestyle changes, such as decreasing food portion sizes and increasing intensity or amount of physical activity. Maintaining a healthy weight requires a balance of energy intake (calories) and exercise.
To consume fewer calories without cutting out your favorite foods:
Adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days, preferably every day. To sneak more exercise into your daily routine:
For more information on increasing the intensity or amount of your daily physical activity, refer to: HGIC 4030, Physical Activity Pyramid; HGIC 4031, Physical Activity for Adults and HGIC 4032, Physical Activity for Children.
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