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Editor's Note: This article was submitted by Carol Mabry, Exercise Physiologist at OhioHealth and Strive to Thrive personal trainer.

No matter how you slice or dice it, the basic principle of weight control boils down to calories in versus calories out. Whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain your weight or even gain weight, this same basic principle applies. 

To visualize this concept, think of weight control as a balance where one side of the scale represents calories coming in and the other side calories going out.

  • To gain weight – consume more calories than you burn.

  • To maintain weight – consume an equal number of calories as you burn.

  • To lose weight – consume fewer calories than you burn. In other words eat less and move more!

To help you tip the scales in your favor: 

  • Become aware of the caloric value and serving size of the foods you eat.

  • Find ways to be more physically active throughout the day. 

  • Maintain a healthy balance of calories in/calories out.

Need additional guidance and motivation? Check out our special Strive to Thrive Weight Loss Package available now through the end of January. This package includes a pre/post InBody assessment, 12 weekly personal training sessions, free group exercise classes and our 6-week 40 Days of Fresh support program. For more information, call the OhioHealth Ontario Health and Fitness Center at (419) 526.8900 or the OhioHealth Wellness and Prevention Center at (567) 241-7200.

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