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Human energy balance

Human energy balance

Exercise alone has a modest contribution to weight loss. But when you alter one component, cutting the number of calories you eat in a day to lose weight, doing more exercise than usual, this sets off a cascade of changes in the body that affect how many calories you use up and, in turn, your bodyweight.

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The calories we burn every day include not only movement but all the energy needed to run the thousands of functions that keep us alive. 

  • How much we move is connected to how much we eat. And exercise, of course, has a way of making us hungry — so hungry that we might consume more calories than we burned off.
  • Some people simply slow down after a workout, using less energy on their non-gym activities, beca...

Exercise is like a wonder drug for many health outcomes: reducing blood pressure, reduces the risk of diabetes of heart diseases and slows developing cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's and dementia. 

People who have had success losing weight have a few things in common: 

Exercise accounts for a small portion of daily calorie burn.

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