Calories in, calories out, right? Wrong. The days of counting calories is a thing of the past. Why? Because not all calories are created equal. As we discussed in health tip #2 you will lose weight initially if you just cut calories, but if your body isn’t nourished from what you’re taking in, your cravings will never stop and you will end up either back where you started or several pounds heavier. What you want to take stalk of instead of calories, is nutrient density. The question we want to ask when selecting a food to eat is, not how many calories are in the food but how nutrient dense is it? If you’re eating a diet of primarily nutrient devoid or low nutrient value, prepared and packaged foods, you won’t be getting the nutrients that your body needs for all of your bodily functions. If you aren’t being well nourished by the calories you take in, you will continue to be hungry as your body continues to seek out those missing nutrients. So what are nutrient dense foods? Foods that are in their whole, unprocessed state will tend to be the most nutritious; foods that came from a farm, not a factory. A wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables will provide the body with needed nutrients. These are the foods that will nourish your body and reduce cravings because your body is getting what it needs.