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The Basics: Overview

To stay at a healthy weight, balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn (use up). Calories are a measure of the energy in the foods you eat. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat.

A healthy diet and physical activity can help you control your weight. You burn more calories when you are physically active.

How do I know if I’m at a healthy weight?
Finding out your Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best way to learn if you are at a healthy weight. Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to find out your BMI and what it means for you.

If you are overweight or obese, you can lose weight by eating fewer calories and getting more physical activity.
If you are at a healthy weight, keep getting regular physical activity and eating the right number of calories.

How do I know if I’m eating the right number of calories?
Use this Daily Food Plan tool to find out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight.

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