Overview Of Diet

Keeping a healthy weight is crucial. If you are underweight or overweight or have obesity, you may have a higher risk of certain health problems and should consider a diet.

About two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or have obesity. A healthy diet and weight can help you control your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. It might also help you prevent weight-related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers.

Eating a diet with too many calories or not being physically active enough will make you overweight. To maintain your weight, the calories you eat must equal the energy you burn. To lose weight, you must use more calories than you eat.

A weight-control strategy might include:

  • Choosing low-fat, low-calorie foods
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Being physically active
  • Eating extra calories within a well-balanced diet can help to add weight.