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Lose Weight By Clean Eating

Updated on January 3, 2016
Whole Foods are What Make a Clean Eating Diet
Whole Foods are What Make a Clean Eating Diet | Source

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating means avoiding processed foods and eating whole foods. Basically, you should stay away from the bad stuff and just eat the good stuff. It's hardly rocket science.

Changing your diet to a clean eating one will help you get the right levels of nutrition you need. It will help you avoid getting ill, remove toxins from your body, make you feel better in yourself and may enable you to lose weight.

What are the Basics of Clean Eating?

Clean Eating means choosing the right foods and staying away from the bad ones. Here are some of the principles you should follow when keeping to a clean eating diet:

  • Eat Whole Foods: Whole fruits, vegetables, grains, free-range meats, low-fat dairy products, unsalted nuts and seeds. Anything that comes straight from the farm is good.
  • Avoid Processed Foods: Put plainly, you should stay away from anything which has something on the label that doesn't sound like real food to you.
  • Don't Eat Refined Sugar: Eating sugar gives you nothing but calories. Steer well clear of that in your clean eating diet.
  • Eat Five or Six Meals a Day: Some say this will help your metabolism which can lead to weight loss.
  • Cook Your Own Meals: No ready meals. No dinners from a box. Get in the kitchen and cook yourself a dinner from scratch.

“When you Eat Clean, the benefits are visible (and perceptible to you on the inside, too) from the top of your head to the tips of your toes,” writes nutritionist Tosca Reno in The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged!

Her diet book suggests that clean eating can extend your life, get rid of cellulite, tighten your skin and combat the effects of menopause. She claims that by following a clean eating diet, you'll stay healthy and have more energy, your eyes will look bright, your teeth and gums will be healthier. And your skin will glow.

Clean Eating Cookbook & Diet: Over 100 Healthy Whole Food Recipes & Meal Plans
Clean Eating Cookbook & Diet: Over 100 Healthy Whole Food Recipes & Meal Plans

Need some inspiration to kick start your clean eating diet? This cookbook features more than 100 delicious and easy recipes for every meal. Making your eating easy with a ready-made 14-day plan and shopping list, it also has tips on stocking your kitchen, and a season-by-season outline of what to eat and when, what foods to avoid, and which super foods you should make a part of your eating life.

 

Does Clean Eating Work?

Clean Eating essentially means eating healthily. Control your portions. Get plenty of fibre, vitamins and nutrients. Eat lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Avoid processed food, alcohol, sugar and saturated fats. If you manage to do all of that, of course it is going to be good for your body. There is nothing remarkable or groundbreaking about this idea.

Whether adopting this healthy eating regime is going to be good for you depends entirely on whether you can stick to it. If you have the willpower to control what you eat, it will likely be beneficial for you. Not everybody has the time and motivation to cook balanced meals from scratch every day. For clean eating to work, you really need to do that.

Can Clean Eating Help Me Lose Weight?

Losing weight is all about reducing your intake of calories. There is research that suggests that this is more important than exercise in weight loss. If you want to lose weight, you just need to limit how many calories you consume. Clean living may well help you do this as the types of food you are going to be eating will be low in calories. However, if you are not paying attention to your calorie intake and you eat too much, it is not going to help you lose weight.

What Can I Eat On a Clean Living Diet?

How Can I Start Clean Eating?

If you want to start eating cleanly, you should begin shopping for whole foods at the grocery store or farmer's market. When you buy foods in a packet, check the label. Make sure it doesn't contain added sugars, preservatives or other additives. When you are buying meat, try and choose grass-fed meat and dairy products raised without hormones or antibiotics.

It is possible that shopping for high-quality meat and produce may be more expensive. Preparing meals from scratch will likely prove to be more time-consuming. However, many say that the health benefits are worth it.

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      Mariagoretti 20 months ago

      Informative

    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 21 months ago from Sittingbourne

      I use local farm shops that sell high quality foods.

      kind regards Peter