9. Don’t count calories. There’s a huge difference between how your body uses 1,000 calories of junk food and 1,000 calories of whole foods, says Heiser. Getting wrapped up in calorie counts could make you deny yourself calorie-dense, yet nutritious, foods like fatty fish, avocado, oils like olive and coconut, nuts and dark chocolate. Focus on filling your plate with real foods with an emphasis on protein (fish, chicken, tofu), vegetables and a source of healthy fat. Well-rounded meals coupled with heeding your hunger cues can keep you at a healthy weight, she says.
10. Eat sugar smartly. Sugar is simply not good for you. “Your body can only handle so much at one time. If you overdo it, you store it as fat,” says Heiser. But that doesn’t mean you should cut it out completely. “Figure out what your body can handle,” she says. Do you feel tired and bloated after a few cookies? Based on your reaction, you’ll know if you should cut back. After all, food is supposed to make you feel great—and any woman who doesn’t diet knows that.
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