Lighten-up With “Clean Eating” – Foods for Weight Loss
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Maybe you’ve heard the term “clean eating” before, but if you’re like many people you might have some misconceptions about it. Basically it refers to eating the healthiest, low-calorie choices from each food group as the main part of a nutritious, hearty and natural meal. Those people who eat a “clean” diet consume tons of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, lentils, and beans, in addition to healthy oils, proteins, and fats.

Clean eating also means avoiding processed and pre-packaged foods that may have added artificial ingredients or have been created artificially. A good rule of thumb is: don’t eat any foods or snacks with ingredients that you can’t pronounce, especially if you’re overweight and want to burn fat and shed pounds.

Additionally, a clean diet seeks to reduce the amount of salt and added sugars while shopping for locally grown, in-season, and organic foods. Plus, Dr. Dave™ advocates cooking them at home as much as possible and practical.

Reasons for eating clean:

Besides promoting weight loss for those who are overweight and wish to lose weight fast, there are many other benefits of eating a natural diet. Overall health and wellness are the benefits of eating clean. The results lead to a longer, happier life and an improved body image. Following a clean diet will also help you to make healthy choices and have more energy to transform your life. Plus, if you shop frugally you can also save a noticeable amount of money on food each month.

Another huge benefit is how good clean eating is for the environment and human race in general as well as helping you look and feel better.

Knowing when to eat and how much is also important. For those who really want to embrace the health and weight loss benefits of eating clean, it’s essential to regulate portions and establish a regular eating schedule. Some experts suggest eating five or six small meals each day. Another option is eating small portions every two to three hours. Also, it is recommended that you have your last meal at least three hours before bedtime and never skip meals.

To make your clean eating choices easier, here are some of the healthiest foods to help you transform yourself:

  • Grains: Quinoa, brown rice, rolled oats, tortillas, almond flour, coconut flour
  • Nuts: Pistachios, walnuts, almonds
  • Lean protein: chicken, turkey, fish, black beans, egg whites
  • Veggies: spaghetti squash, avocado, cauliflower, spinach, kale, eggplant
  • Fruits: Pineapple, watermelon, oranges, lemons, berries, tomatoes
  • Healthy oils: Olive, sesame, coconut
  • Dairy: Non-fat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Extras: Unsweetened applesauce, garlic, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk

Additional tips to help you burn fat and get healthier by eating clean:

  • Make sure you drink sufficient amounts of water.
  • Focus attention on getting the daily recommended amounts of fruits (two) and vegetables (three) per day.
  • Substitute an array of spices, fresh herbs, vinegars and/or citrus for salt and condiments.
  • Eat a bit less of most meat products. They contain lots of saturated fats and cholesterol.
  • Reward yourself for eating a clean diet and have a not-so-clean treat occasionally.

If you’re overweight, always remember, there is hope. Dr. Dave HEALTH™ offers medical weight loss solutions that will give you confidence and help you shed pounds and keep those pounds off.

* Medical Disclaimer: This blog article is for informational purposes only. The information discussed here does not take the place of treatment from a licensed physician or healthcare professional. The author expressly disclaims responsibility from any adverse effects arising from the application of any information contained in this blog. All information is anecdotal – based solely on the opinions, observations, experiences and interpretation of data available to the author.