University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

Staying in Balance

Calories In = Calories Out

What does that mean? It is important to know what you eat. It is important to know how much physical activity you do. The food you eat is "calories in". The physical activity you do is "calories out".

If calories in = calories out, you don't gain or lose weight. You stay in balance. Calories in will be greater than calories out if you eat a lot and do little activity. This leads to weight gain. Weight gain is a risk factor for diabetes. You can stay in a healthy balance if you pay attention to calories in and calories out.

Click on a food box on the left, to add to your calories in. Click on an activity box on the right, to add to your calories out.

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