Clean eating is a health-based, lifestyle approach to eating food as close to the way Nature created it. It recommends enjoying seasonal veggies and fruit, minimally processed whole grains, dairy and lean protein with legumes, lentils, healthy oils and herbs. This nutrient-dense way of eating can help reduce blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but can it help you lose weight?!
When you include whole foods, that are minimally processed, you embrace the natural fiber in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds as well as the healthy fats in omega-3 rich seafood and oils to work in your favor.
These benefits help to leave you feel more full, and adding more vegetables to every meal allows you to lower the over all calorie density of any meal. These recommended foods are also inflammation reducing versus processed foods such as refined carbohydrates and sugar, that increase inflammation.
According to CleanEating.com, this way of eating will, “shift your hormones from fat-storage mode into fat-burning mode which increases your metabolism.”
In combination with cardio and weight-based training, you can light the fat-burning furnace inside of you! Studies have shown the metabolism boosting benefits of weight bearing exercise continues long after you’ve left the gym.
There is no magic-bullet panacea for fast weight loss. It needs to be a life style change! That includes healthier choices in the kitchen and consistent fitness. The energy and improved mood that you will realize may surprise you!