Health Tip: Get the Facts About Calories

They're not the only factor that influences weight

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(HealthDay News) -- Many people have questions about calories and how calories affect their weight-loss efforts.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this information:

  • Even fat-free or low-fat foods can be high in calories, often from added sugar.
  • Eat a variety of foods to avoid nutritional imbalances.
  • Even if you are very active, you can still gain weight if you consume too many calories. Be sure to count your calorie intake.
  • In addition to calories and diet, genetics and environment also affect your weight.

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