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I have said a number of times that the best way to lose weight is in the kitchen. Most people believe that if they make it to the gym that the pounds will melt off but that is not true. You have to have a balance of eating habits along with a workout routine. www.medicinenet.com

Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day. Energy is measured in calories. Metabolism is the sum of all chemical processes within the body that sustain life. Your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories (amount of energy) you need for your body to carry out necessary functions. If your weight remains constant, this is likely a sign that you are taking in the same amount of calories that you burn daily. If you’re slowly gaining weight over time, it is likely that your caloric intake is greater than the number of calories you burn through your daily activities.

Every adult is in control of the amount of food he or she consumes each day, so our intake of calories is something we can control. To a major degree, we can also control our output of energy, or the number of calories we burn each day. The number of calories we burn each day is dependent upon the following:

  • Our basal metabolic rate (BMR), the number of calories we burn per hour simply by being alive and maintaining body functions
  • Our level of physical activity

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