You have no doubt heard various experts stating how eating clean could be a great way to reach your weight loss goals and improve your overall health, but what does “clean eating” mean?
Well, basically clean eating means that the food you choose to eat is as fresh and as close to its natural state as possible.
That means that these foods have not been overly processed, so are full of vital nutrients and minerals essential for your body.
So how can you add more of these clean foods to your diet? Read on and learn for yourself how to eat clean and lose weight, while also boosting your health too.
#1: Pick only whole foods
This basically means that you should be choosing the foods that have been processed the least rather than one that has been overly processed.
- Choose fresh fruit instead of a fruit snack bar
- Eat real chicken instead of chicken nuggets
- Pick beans or lentils instead of packaged soya mince etc
When foods are processed they often lose the nutrients that are essential for good health.
#2: Eat whole grains
When you go shopping for bread, pasta and rice, in the past you have no doubt chosen the white variety.
Unfortunately, these are called refined carbs, which are not only lacking in nutrients but are also full of additional salt, fat and sugar, which will no doubt be an issue for your weight loss efforts.
Instead I would suggest choosing whole grain alternatives, as these do not contain those fattening additives, but are full of the nutrients your body requires.
Examples of whole grains include:
- Brown or wild rice
- Wholewheat bread
- Wholewheat pasta
#3: Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
You will often hear experts talk about a “balanced diet”, but the truth is that this diet should contain around 80% fruit and vegetables.
Of course fresh is the best option, with frozen second and tinned a distant third. If you choose to eat tinned fruit and vegetables I would suggest looking at the label to ensure there are no additives that could ruin your diet.
Fruit and vegetables are essential for healthy eating as they are full of the nutrients your body requires, but contain very few calories. They are also cheap to buy too.
#4: Cut back on alcohol and caffeine
While it is a good idea to cut these from your diet entirely the reality is that this maybe difficult or almost impossible for some.
Both can be highly addictive so it is best to just moderate your intake.
The reason why you should cut back on both is that they can have a negative impact on the hormones that control your cravings. Certain types of alcohol can also contain a large number of calories too, which can have a serious impact on your diet.
#5: Watch your animal intake
While it is certainly advisable to increase your protein intake when trying to lose weight, remember protein is slow to digest so will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
The problem is that there are many animal products produced on an industrial scale, which means that the meat may have been pumped full of steroids and other chemicals to increase the size of the animal.
Unfortunately these toxins can find their way onto your own plate, which can have an impact on your weight.
My suggestion to you would be to try and source locally farmed produce so that you can look to see where the meat has originated.
#6: Read those product labels
A good tip to help you to eat a little more clean would be to pay more attention to the labels found on the foods you buy.
All foods with packaging will have them, and you should look to see if there are any additional chemicals, fat, sugar and salt present.
If there is then perhaps you could try and find a healthier alternative, or just skip this food altogether.
Remember to eat clean you need to cut out most of this processed junk. Your body will thank you for it.