Sugar is Not the Cause of Obesity

Consuming more food (calories) than needed to maintain energy balance causes overweight & obesity. If you eat more calories than you need, from any source, weight gain is inevitable.

Energy Balance Challenge

Do you know if you are maintaining energy balance? Here is a fun way to find out where you stack up. Keep a 7 day diary and write down everything you eat and drink. Purchase a pamphlet at your local grocery store that provides calorie information and write down the calories for each food and beverage item. Pay particular attention to serving sizes.

The internet is full of websites that will help you find out how many calories you should be consuming based on age, height, weight and activity level. And, how many calories you burn during different activities. Keep track in your 7 day diary and see how close you are to maintaining energy balance. Of course if you want to lose weight you will need to cut calories or increase your activity level or both.

Take this challenge. It will help you put your caloric intake and activity level into perspective. Remember pay close attention to serving sizes.