Eating a Clean Diet for Permanent Weight LossWritten by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP
If you want to lose some weight then following a healthy eating plan is a good start, but allowing someone else to dictate exactly what, when and how much you can eat is crazy making. Guidance is good but ultimately you must learn to make better choices in your eating which leads to your gaining ability to maintain your new shape after weight has been lost. The Clean Diet is answer.
What is Clean Diet?
The Clean Diet means different things to different people. My version is less strict than some because frankly I'm not a competitive body builder and I don't have a modeling contract. Unless you must maintain a specific body weight (as actors sometimes do for instance), you probably are of same mind as I; that being, I want to lead a basically normal life. Eating out sometimes, enjoying parties sometimes, and generally not feeling like I have to "watch what I eat" or suffer consequences. The way I eat is sometimes called non-dieting approach because I don't diet, but I do pay attention. That's what Clean Diet means: paying attention to what you're eating.
What Can I Eat on The Clean Diet?
Vegetables: Enjoy unlimited raw, steam, baked. Go for it. I don't know anyone who got fat because they ate too many vegetables and that includes carrots, beans, corn and potatoes. Unless you are allergic, there is no reason to shun fresh vegetables. Yes they contain carbohydrates. Get over it. Wean yourself from sauces, and learn to like them without added butter or salt. Vegetables like carrots and beets for instance are very high in natural sugars (that's point -- nature intended to give you sweet things whereby you'd WANT to eat them and would consequently get adequate Vitamin C among other things).
Fruit: Try to eat at least one or two pieces a day. More is fine. There is no reason to restrict yourself to one-quarter of a cantaloupe or 1 small apple. Who comes up with these rules anyway? An apple contains less than 100 calories. That's not exactly going to break diet bank, is it? Eat all fresh fruit you like, especially late at night if you're working on learning to give up your chips or cookies habit. Apples are great for snacking, as are grapes, bananas, kiwi or anything else you like. Try to eat mostly fresh fruit, and saved canned fruits for once in awhile.
Dried fruits such as raisins are a super concentrated food source and should be treated with respect. A few thrown on your morning cereal or in your trail mix is fine, but remember super concentrated food is also high calorie food. You don't need a lot to get nutrients. Learn difference between densely packed nutrients and loosely packed nutrients. Fresh fruit is loosely packed, high in water content, and dried fruit is dense with little or no water. Corn-on-the-cob is loose, corn syrup is dense (and processed too).
An ounce of raisins contains 85 calories and 201 mg of Potassium, while an ounce of fresh grapes is a mere 20 calories. You'd need four times fresh grapes to equal dried.
Clean foods are as close to their natural state as possible without being fanatical about it. There is a world of difference between a baked potato and a bowlful of potato chips. One is a good source of nutrients and one is a highly refined, richly saturated fat, greasy, salty, modified source of nothing but smears on your napkin. One is satisfying and one leaves you wanting more. Betcha can't eat just one was more than a catch phrase for Lay's Potato Chips. It's a truism.
Grains & Beans: Whole grains like whole wheat, rice, millet, barley, and others. Drop habit to eat chips and crackers out of a box. Once in awhile is okay, but if you eat them regularly, then you need to make a modification. Cakes, crackers and like are simply not good for everyday fare, if you want to reach a healthy bodyweight. Once in awhile, or special occasions is fine, just not every day. Not even every other day. Once a week is plenty, and if you can't commit to weaning yourself off those foods, then you need to adjust to living with a higher body weight. It's not a character flaw, but it is a fact you must face. What you eat, dictates how healthy you will be, both mind and body.
Whole grain means whole grain. Bread that lists whole wheat is not 100% whole grain. Watch out. Seeing Whole Wheat on package means nothing. You want to see either 100% Whole Wheat or 100% Whole Grain. Brown bread is not always whole grain, but it may be brown because some molasses was added to color it brown. Whole grain breads are heavier, more dense, chewier. I think they are better. You might not share that belief, especially if you're used to light and fluffy white bread.
Learn the Secrets the Weight Loss Industry doesn't want you to know about weight loss dietsWritten by Armand Dupuis
All weight loss diets make you Fat
That’s right, because on all weight loss diets, you always gain it back, and usually with a few extra pounds as a bonus, so why diet?
What’s point in losing 20 Lbs, and gaining back 25?
Are you fed up with being overweight, and sick and tired of going on diets?
Why go through all struggles of dieting, starvation, cravings, and ultimate struggle with willpower, only to gain it all back?
When you consider damage this does to your health, it's simply not worth it, however...
There is an easy answer, but first...
You must understand Biggest Problem
Definitely, one of biggest problems in weight control is weight loss Industry!
They want you to “Fail”; otherwise they would have no more business, think about it.
If everybody lost weight for good, weight loss Industry would die overnight, so they want you to gain it all back, then they lay a “Guilt Trip” on you for not sticking to your diet or maintenance diet.
Sound familiar? But...
Why should you feel guilty about not being able to stick to some totally unnatural starvation diet? That doesn’t make any sense, but that’s what happens.
However most people never look at it that way, because they are so emotionally tied up with their own weight problem that they never look at it from other side, from Business point of view.
It’s Critical that you understand this.
So let me give you a simple example...
Suppose that you lived in a small Town which had no weight loss clinic but was big enough to support one, so you decided to go into Business of Weight Loss. You do some Serious Research, and here’s what you find...
You have Two Options:
1.You can put together a good weight loss diet plan which loses weight pretty quickly, and since everybody loses weight by dieting, they are Guaranteed to gain it all back, so... You’ll have a very profitable Business for life, or... 2.You can teach everyone how to lose weight permanently, and go out of Business within one to two years (because everyone’s Slim now).
Which would you choose?
Good question isn’t it? You see problem!
The reality is that weight loss industry, just in USA & Canada alone, is worth over $44 Billion per Year, and failure rate is over 98%.