By now you are probably aware that the term, eat clean, has nothing to do with washing your food and has everything to do with eating in a way that promotes a healthier lifestyle, and in turn, fat loss.
While it may sound simple enough, it’s pretty challenging to stick with a clean eating plan, especially when you are initially starting out. Although....I suppose if it were easy then everyone would be lean and confident about their body.
So what’s the secret to long-term, clean eating success? Here it is…
Eat-For-Fat-Loss Secret #1: Cut Out Processed Foods
Let's face it, processed food and refined sugars are killing your fat-loss efforts. Sure, it may help your food have a longer shelf life, and taste sweeter, but they are wreaking havoc on your body.
The refined sugars make natural and unrefined sugar seem like they aren't sweet at all, so in turn you start to hunger for sweeter, refined sugars to cure that sweet craving, adding more empty calories to your diet and inches on your waist.
Processed foods usually contain Trans-Fats, which destroys your cholesterol levels and has been linked to numerous other health issues.
Eat-For-Fat-Loss Secret #2: Keep It Balanced
Many fat loss strategies and fad diets encourage the avoidance of a particular category of food, or worse, eating only from one category of food: soup, grapefruit, salad, chicken breast…While these foods may promote fat loss and reduce overall calorie intake, this way of eating sets you up for a long fall, and a larger belly.
No one sticks with highly restrictive, one-food-only diets for very long, and you’re no exception. To make your clean eating plan last, keep your diet balanced with a range of healthy, real foods.Instead of avoiding certain food groups or categories, learn to make the healthy options in each category so you can increase you meal options and decrease the fat!
Eat-For-Fat-Loss #3: Don’t Put a Label On It
How many times have you uttered the words I’m on a diet? Ugh, just saying that puts one in the mood to cheat on said diet.
If eating clean means you’re on a diet, then you’re not committed enough to make this a way of life. Eating clean isn't a fad. This shouldn't be something you plan to do for a few weeks or months until you lose some weight? If that is your mentality at the start, you may lose what you have set out to lose, but if you go right back to your old habits, the fat will come right back. True fat loss success comes when clean eating is second nature, and part of your healthy new lifestyle...not a temporarily imposed sentence.
Eat-For-Fat-Loss #4: Have Patience
Wouldn’t it be great if a week of clean eating could erase a decade worth of indulgences? But, alas, you didn’t gain that fat in a week, and you can’t lose it in a week either.
Look for, and acknowledge, each and every small victory along the way to your long-term goal. Give yourself a little pat on the back for each pound, each inch and each pant size yo lose. These small accomplishments build on one another until you reach your ultimate goal. Just remember that big changes take consistent, long-term effort. You have to be patient for those big changes to take place.
Eat-For-Fat-Loss #5: Have a Plan
This is the most important step in your clean eating quest, without it you’ll flounder around without direction and will likely find yourself starting into the bottom of a bowl of ice cream. Spend time writing out your ultimate SMART Goals
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, your Whys, and the do’s and don't’s for your clean eating plan. If you need help with this step, please feel free to reach out to me. See below for a list of foods that your diet should mainly consist of and then make another list of completely off-limits foods.
Use these 5 steps as a guide to make clean eating a way of life.
Dedicated to Making Healthy Your Habit,
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