Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eating Clean

It is a myth that a calorie is a calorie, no matter what you eat. While counting calories is important for weight control, what you eat will have a huge effect on
your metabolism, energy level, health, mood, fitness level - really everything is
related to nutrition.

Here at Trim Up, I often hear women say that they typically skip breakfast or always
eat a Lean Cuisine meal at lunch or drink wine every night or rarely cook from scratch or drink several sodas daily. They are here to get or stay fit and to lose or maintain weight. However, their diet is not supporting their fitness goals.

Basically, "Eating Clean" is the practice of eating whole, natural foods and avoiding
processed, packaged foods that contain preservatives, additives, chemicals and
hydrogenated, trans-fats.

A person that eats clean generally practices the following:

Eliminates refined sugar
Cooks healthy meals
Packs healthy meals
Makes healthy choices when dining out
Drinks a lot of water
Eats small snacks between(lighter)meals
Eliminates alcoholic beverages & sodas (or significantly limits)
Always eats breakfast

It does take discipline to change bad eating patterns, especially for people who actually become addicted to sugar, carbs and fast food. I usually suggest gradually eliminating unhealthy items and replacing with more nutritious options. Once you feel the benefits of a better diet it is easier to make it a way of life.

Combining effective exercise with the practice of eating clean will transform your
body into becoming lean and strong while feeling GREAT! Definitely worth the effort!

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