When people first start a diet, they often make the mistake of thinking they need to eat less. They begin restricting calories and start feeling deprived, weak, and hungry. But this is not sustainable or healthy! Maintaining a healthy weight is not about eating less; it’s about eating right. In fact, it’s about eating more whole foods. This means foods without additives, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives; foods without vegetable or canola oil, soy, or added sugar.
When you consume the right foods, you hardly need to count calories, measure food, or restrict how much you eat. Let me ask you this: Do you think that 100 calories of carrots and 100 calories of chips nourish your body in the same way? Do they satisfy you the same way? It's easy to overeat potato chips—or other items with zero nutritional value that don't give your body what it really wants or needs—but much harder to overindulge in apples or fresh vegetables.