Once you start to “diet,” there is a preoccupation with food instead of the idea of healthy eating. You need to be more aware of nutrition and proper food options. If you restrict the amount of calories consumed, you don’t get the proper nutrients needed for growth and development. Sometimes, you may use dieting to cope with pressures felt from society and peers, which can lead to a food fixation and eating disorders. Healthy weight can be measured by the Body Mass Index, which takes into account both height and weight. Twenty to 25 on BMI is a healthy teen. A lot of teens may appear to be thin or in good shape, but their eating habits are poor, which affects health in later life. So you should not be counting calories, but instead you should be aware of healthy nutrition — brown bread instead of white, high fibre, less sugar, etc. The Canadian Food Guide is a good starting point for making more informed eating choices.