If you’re like most people, you know it’s important to focus on healthy eating.

With spring coming soon, many of us are looking for ways to slim down so we can stay active. Healthier eating can lead to weight loss, more energy, and an improved immune system.

These tips can help anyone maintain a healthier relationship with food.

One tip is to keep a detailed log of what you eat. Noting the calories, protein, carbs, and fat can help you maintain a balanced diet. It can also reveal eating patterns, giving you guidance on what to shop for the next time you head to the grocery store.

The next tip is a trifecta — start each meal with a glass of water, add a side or two of vegetables, and snack on fruit throughout the day. These are all healthy eating choices for your body, and they’ll all help fill your stomach so you don’t get as hungry.

You’d also do well to cut out sugar, or at least eliminate the sugary drinks. Try out some alternatives so you can enjoy a great taste while getting healthier hydration options.

The final tip is for those who want to lose weight. You can reach your goal without starving yourself by simply subtracting 100 calories per day from your diet. Once you know your maintenance calorie number, you simply have to undercut it by a small amount to see steady weight loss that’s easy to maintain.

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