Why Clean Eating Beats Calorie Counting
When trying to lose weight, your first temptation may be to lower the amount of calories you eat and burn more with exercise. But this seemingly mathematically sound approach to weight loss is seldom a successful one.
For one thing, your body uses different kinds of calories in different ways. Our body is not as good at extracting energy from protein and raw vegetables as it is from simple carbohydrates, so it will absorb less calories from a meal of chicken and broccoli than from a few scoops of ice cream even if the two contain the same amount of energy.
However, the first option is far more likely to keep you full. Meat and veggies are less calorically dense than most processed food products, meaning you can eat more of them while "spending" less of your daily calories. The fiber, protein, and healthy fats in a meal of unprocessed "clean" food will stay in your stomach for far longer than a meal of processed simple sugars would, and are far more likely to trigger our natural satiety signals.
On a calorie-counting diet, you may be tempted to choose a "diet" dessert product that has less calories but almost no nutritional value over a wholesome meal, but you will then probably find yourself starving again an hour later.
Along with unhealthy and addictive amounts of fat and sugar, processed foods have reduced amounts of nutrients compared to whole ones. They also contain added salts, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients that can wreak havoc with your body's natural regulatory processes and even increase your cancer risk.
Low-calorie and low-nutrient diets can also cause muscle loss, which ultimately is detrimental to your health, endurance, and metabolism as well as to your ideal appearance. The rigid mindset and constant calculation needed for calorie counting can also lead to obsession and even set the stage for disordered eating.
Just restricting your calories with no attention to their quality may indeed produce temporary weight loss, but it will be a difficult and unsatisfying trudge, and you will likely gain the weight back as soon as you break from your regime.
Clean eating, on the other hand, is a sustainable lifestyle choice. On a diet that provides you with healthy foods and adequate nutrients, you will learn to enjoy delicious flavorful foods that help you feel energized and satiated instead of hungry and deprived. By abstaining from addictive fats and sugars, you can eventually train your body to stop craving them altogether.
However, even "clean eaters" can't get away with paying no attention to calories at all. That's why the 123Diet advises followers to avoid foods like high-sugar fruits and starchy root vegetables, which some clean eaters may deem acceptable.
But thanks to the metabolism-boosting ingredients in 123 Diet's weight loss supplements, you can lose weight just as quickly as you would on a more calorie-restricted diet with all the health benefits of a cleaner one!
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