Clean Eating Diet
As you may already know, I’m not a big supporter of fad diets and I surely hope you have already realized they aren’t the best idea.
Fad diets simply can’t be maintained for long periods of time, and they can actually make things more difficult – for you and your metabolism!
But I am a big supporter of a clean, whole foods diet. This way of eating doesn’t require extreme measures or major sacrifices. It’s all about choosing natural options and developing a more balanced way of eating.
A clean eating diet is totally effective for supporting weight loss, toning, muscle-building, and overall health and fitness goals. Let’s get to the details…
The Clean Eating Diet
Whole Foods All the Way – The first tenant of any whole foods diet is removing processed foods or foods that are packaged and full of preservatives. This includes most fast food, frozen meals or side dishes, minute rice and other fast microwavable options, and many crackers, potato chips, and other junk food.
When snacking, some of the best options include nuts, veggies, and fruits (although watch your fruit intake – it’s high in sugar). For meals, brown rice is always a good option, and avoiding too much wheat is also a good idea. You should be aiming for whole grain whole wheat flour at all cost (it’s the least processed and the most nutritionally rich), but all flour is processed nonetheless. Go with options like sprouted grains and whole oats whenever possible.
I’m also a big proponent of a protein rich diet to support weight loss and lean muscle-building. Protein increases your body’s resting metabolism and gets you burning more fat on a regular basis, in addition to fueling your muscles. Protein options like Optimum 100% Natural Whey are natural and great, but if you want to take things one step further, go with a whole foods protein option like Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer.