Want a Workout? Burning Calories
James Sandefur, Carol Day, Rosalie Dance
Algebra, Elementary Functions
In this article, we will investigate issues related to health and weight. Many
people misunderstand weight gain and loss. In essence, if we consume more
calories than we burn, we gain weight and if we burn more calories than we
consume, we lose weight. Most people have fairly consistent eating habits,
and their bodies adjust to an equilibrium weight, a weight at which they burn
approximately the same number of calories each day that they consume.
Many factors affect the number of calories we burn each day, including our
height, weight, age, and activity level. It should be fairly obvious that our
weight affects the number of calories we burn since the calories burned is
equivalent to energy expended and the more we weigh, the more energy we
must expend just to move around. This means that as we lose weight, we will
burn fewer calories at our regular activity level.