In order to reach and maintain a healthy weight, we need to become life-long healthy eaters rather than dieters. Being a healthy eater means becoming informed and smart about what healthy eating actually is. Being food smart isn't about learning to calculate grams or fat, or is it about studying labels and counting calories. If you are eating healthily, this is not necessary.
Healthy eating is all about having balanced and moderate healthy meals at least three times per day. Ideally, you should be eating three moderate meals a day with two healthy snacks in between your main meals, so one in between breakfast and lunch and one in between lunch and dinner. This is so that you are eating roughly every three hours. This will maintain your blood sugar levels to prevent dips where you might be tempted to reach for something unhealthy. Healthy eating is about eating the right foods in the right proportions at regular intervals. Healthy eaters eat many different types of foods and do not limit themselves to one specific food type or food group, which is contrary to a lot of diets that you will have heard about.
Eating healthily requires fuelling your body and your brain regularly with enough food to keep both your mind and body strong and alert. Healthy eaters have learnt to take care of themselves and are always aware of what they eat and know the effect that it will have on their bodies. Eating nutrient-rich foods will help to improve your energy levels and to reduce the risk of developing various diseases, which can be caused by having a poor diet, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Restricting food intake is not advisable. It can, in fact, be harmful. If calories are too restricted, your body goes into starvation mode, which will encourage your body to store fat as it isn't sure when it will get it's next meal. It also generally leads to you putting back on all the weight you have lost during your diet, once you start eating normally again. The best way to achieve long-term weight loss without impacting your health and then maintain a healthy weight is through proper nutrition and exercise. Healthy eating needs to be a way of life; something that you do to enhance your body or your lifestyle. If you've ever thought about making your life better or you want to feel or look better, eating healthily is the place to start. And the best time to start is right away!