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Healthy eating is a way of balancing the food you eat to keep your body strong, energized, and well nourished. This guide was created to help you learn about healthy eating, and ways to plan nutritious meals and snacks. When you eat well, you are taking good care of your body. Check it out here

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A word about Dieting: Just Say "NO!":

Unless a doctor says that you are dangerously overweight or have a medical problem that requires a special diet, you should not diet.

Here's why:

  • If you don't get enough calories, you grow more slowly and reduce muscle and bone size.
  • Going on and off diets upsets your body chemistry. Repeated dieting can actually make you fatter because the weight you regain gets harder and harder to lose.
  • Some of the weight you lose is from lean muscle tissue but if you regain weight, most of it will be stored as fat, not as lean tissue.
  • When you diet, your body thinks it is being starved, burns calories more slowly and stores up fat. This physical reaction to calorie restriction has evolutionary benefits. In ancient times, when the food supply wasn't constant, it was the people whose bodies had large fat stores who survived.
  • Dieting can cause feelings of deprivation and depression that often lead to overeating.
  • Diets that eliminate red meat and vegetables may leave you tired, irritable and even anemic. Strict vegetarians are prone to iron deficiency anemia unless they make very careful choices.
  • Failure to lose weight, or regaining the weight you just lost, can make you feel even worse about yourself than before.
  • Diets can cause tension between you and your parents.
  • Overeating may not be the cause of excess weight.
  • Very low-calorie diets can interfere with a girl's periods.
  • Very low-calorie diets can give you yucky dry skin and dull-looking hair.
  • Diets that don't provide adequate nutrients can weaken your immune system, so you are more likely to get sick.
  • Restricting calories, even by regularly skipping breakfast, reduces your energy level and keeps you from top mental and physical performance.

TIPS FOR SMART EATING

  • Eat only at a dining table (not in the car or in front of the television, for instance).
  • Find ways to reduce stress that don't involve food. (Exercise is the best way.)
  • Don't skip meals - if you do, you're more likely to fill the void with snacks that provide calories, but few nutrients.
  • Reward yourself - but not with food.

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