"Healthy eating" with the intent to manage weight can promote weight gain, especially in children. Restricting food intake can cause weight gain.
How many people do you know who are thinner now than the day they started trying to change their food or manage their weight? Probably most! As the studies and articles below can attest.
What else can you do? Eat intuitively. (You can start by checking out the online course, How to Use The Hunger Scale to Successfully Manage Eating and Weight.)
And check out some of these articles:
Weight Watchers works? Not so much.
Up to 2/3's of Dieters End Up Heavier - UCLA researchers analyzed 31 long-term studies, concluding diets don't work. (They found, in a 4-yr study of 19,000 healthy men, that the single biggest predictor of weight gain was a history of dieting!). They note people would be better off not dieting because it damages health.
Dieting Makes Little Girls Fat - Five year old girls who diet end up fatter as they get older.
Dieting Keeps Children Overweight - "Dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain." Based on a 2-year study ofmore than 16,000 U.S. boys and girls. Pediatrics.