How Your Body Changes Once You Start Eating Healthy

Find out what happens after a day, a week, a month, half a year and a year to your body.

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  • Find out what happens to your body once you start eating healthy
  • After a day
  • After a week
  • After a month
  • After half a year
  • And after a year

Health is more than wealth. A strong and healthy body translates to a fuller, happier life. Here are interesting things that happen to your body once you start eating healthy.  

How long does it take to see results when you start eating healthy? While some benefits take longer to appear, you’ll notice certain benefits almost immediately!

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Here is what happens to your body once you stop dieting and start enjoying real, nourishing foods!



One of the reasons why you’re always hungry, is perhaps because of an inefficient diet that subsists on empty carbs. This food burns up in your body quickly, which causes your body to crave substance more quickly.

When you start to fuel up with slow-burning sources of energy like complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats, you’ll start to experience fewer cravings throughout the day.


You’ll be amazed to find out that you can eat so much food without gaining weight.

Eating right simply means being more conscious about the type of food you eat. Increasing the consumption of food items such as sumptuous fruits and fresh vegetables will nourish your body like no other!


You will experience a higher level of mental focus and clarity. Meals high in sugar, saturated oils, and starch bring about immediate sleepiness, sluggishness, and bloated feeling. All you ever want to do after a big Mexican meal is go home and sleep. By switching to healthy food choices, you will have all the energy needed to accomplish many other things for the rest of the day!


screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-3-07-06-pmCutting down junk food and fast food will give you the energy you need to survive a hectic day. This will make daily activities (and exercise) a lot easier!


When you’re on a poor diet,  consuming foods that digest quickly and leave you hungry, you can disrupt your sleep cycle by making yourself hungry in the middle of the night. Once you start eating healthy, you will sleep more soundly. You will fall asleep easier and won’t wake up so much throughout the night.


screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-3-07-30-pmAs your body becomes more regular, you will experience a lower amount of bloating and discomfort. As a result you may notice that your clothes are feeling looser than before.

Further, your body will be shedding all the excess water you have retained from high sodium intake and highly processed foods that you were consuming before.


Studies show that a number of nutrients are associated with brain health. Some of which include omega-3s (salmon, flax and chia seeds), folate (asparagus, chickpeas, lentils) & vitamin B12 (tuna, shrimp, milk).

As you start eating healthy, you’ll notice you have less ups and downs throughout the day and may even start to feel more empowered. If you had depressive thoughts before, these may be starting to weaken.



When it comes to healthy-looking skin, what you put in your body may matter more than what you put on it. Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin.


As you provide  your skin with all the nutrients it needs for repair and growth, you’ll notice a new glow to your skin. The natural ingredients in food help to  speed the pace of exfoliation, protect skin from UV damage  and much more! You will look more radiant and even appear younger!


It is a common belief that eating healthy is more expensive. But think about all that cash you blow on soda, eating out and higher priced convenience items like granola bars.  By choosing healthy foods, you’ll actually be saving money.


As you start eating healthy and at regular intervals, you will notice your metabolism speeding up. Lots of water and fiber equals a very regular digestive tract.


Eating healthy will now require less effort.  After doing something for 21 days straight, you will find that you do it without thinking. Making smart choices will start to feel like second nature! You will stop to crave certain foods as much. You can learn more about how to prevent giving in to cravings by understanding the science behind cravings.



When you workout you tear your body down, damaging muscles, and ligaments. The most effective way to accelerate recovery and reduce muscle soreness is to eat nutrient dense foods.



Yes, this is true! When people look and feel better about themselves, they are more open with their bodies, which leads to amazing results in the bedroom.


Your blood pressure may decrease, lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke. Your blood glucose levels will also  be under much better control, reducing blood sugar fluctuations and lowering your risk factor for diabetes.

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Your bones will be getting stronger, reducing your risk of stress fractures and breaks. While this is something you cannot see, it is happening!



You’ll be enjoying all the benefits listed above as these benefits will persist for as long as you continue to eat healthy!


You’ll be at your goal weight – a bodyweight where you feel healthy, strong and confident. What’s more, unlike quick-fix diets, this is for the long haul! Eating healthy will let you stay healthy and sexy for many years to come!


By this point you will know how to indulge wisely. You understand that a single cookie or two won’t hurt you. You can now treat yourself and not fall right off your healthy plan entirely.



Although the relationship is not entirely understood, well-balanced nutrition and mental health are integrally related. Eating nutrient-dense foods at regular intervals will help you feel more positive and energetic. With a well-fueled body and mind, you’ll also be better equipped to deal with the inevitable stresses of life.


You don’t have to eat unprocessed for a whole year to reap the benefits. Eating healthy is not about being on a short term “diet” that is overly restrictive and leaves you hangry all the time. Instead, find a way of eating that can be sustained for the rest of your life, where you eat healthy most of the time and allow for occasional splurges.

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Sure, the change may be slow but these benefits make it all worth it. Try it for a day, a week, or a month.  You don’t have to do it all, or all at once. But you can start.


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Wiktoria Banda

Wiktoria is a content writer and illustrator at Shape.


  1. This is an awesome post. I love how it is broken down and full of encouragement Absolutely the best weight control article I have EVER read. Sharing with my friends.

  2. This is a great article, very motivating without being overly pushy. I am wanting to get back into a healthy lifestyle, I felt so much better when I ate only whole foods…you truly are what you eat. I think if I set a regular bed time and got my circadian rhythm back on track it would make a world of difference. I’m happy to see sleep science come to the forefront of health issues because I think poor sleep has a major role in the poor health of our nation.

  3. Easily explained and feeling good after reading your article . Absolutely needed message about healthy eating in today’s lifestyle. Thankyou so much.

  4. Hey, Thanks for the sharing your informative article on healthy eating. Right now I am pregnant can I eat everything from here or I need avoid some items from this list? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

  5. Interesting. As someone that spent my whole life up to my early to mid 20s eating junk food because I didn’t put on any fat then changed to a healthy well balanced meal plan when I started too, I can say that I didn’t notice any of these changes apart from weight and skin improvements.

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