In our efforts to live healthier, treat our bodies well, and maybe even shed a few pounds, we seek to adopt eating habits that will better ourselves. In search of the right solution, we often find ourselves inundated by a multitude of fad diets competing for our attention. Not only are many of these options unsustainable, but they lack the scientific backing to prove their efficacy and healthiness.
So instead of highlighting the latest diet trend to sway our collective efforts for a healthier lifestyle, Business Insider came up with a list of eating habits that are backed by science. Here are our four favorites to follow today to be good to your body and enjoy long-term results.
Get your calories from food, not liquids. We don't have to be told twice that sodas of both the regular and diet variety aren't great for us and should be consumed in moderation. But other drinks we don't often consider as red flags—from natural juices to flavored waters—can also be hindering our efforts to be healthier and lose weight. Studies show that simply switching out flavored drinks with water can encourage weight loss, independent of diet and exercise.
Don't snack after dinner. The later you eat, the more likely the calories you consume are just going to sit around instead of being put to use. While it's often encouraged to try to eat dinner earlier, it's also important to not snack after dinner. Not only will you be cutting unnecessary calories from your daily intake, but you'll be avoiding unhealthy caloric culprits that often make their way into our diets as late-night snacks—foods high in fats and carbohydrates.
Don't go hungry. Contrary to what watching what you eat might suggest, it's important to not let yourself go hungry. You should be eating throughout the day, and eating as much as (and not more than) your body needs to fuel your activities. If you go without eating for long periods of time, your body will think it's starving and you're more likely to go on extreme binges.
Eat food you enjoy. While cutting the foods you love and indulge in may seem like the most obvious way to reduce your caloric intake and lose weight, ditching your favorite foods can actually prove to be ineffective. As a New York University nutrition professor told Business Insider last year, "If you pick a diet with foods you don't like, you're doomed to fail." So instead of following this sort of short-sighted plan, choose an eating plan you can stick to long term—one that's healthy and meets your nutritional needs while also bringing you pleasure.
Head over to Business Insider to read the full list of science-backed habits you can try today, and let us know which healthy eating habits you swear by.