👉 In this article, you will know why eating clean isn’t always healthy. And this is information is very beneficial to you. 👈
👉 Eating Clean: A good target for those trying to lose weight and improve their fitness. 👈
👉 However, before you say you’ll never eat another slice of pizza, you should understand how calories affect weight loss and gain. 👈
👉 While health and weight gain/loss are related, they are not synonymous. 👈
- Even if you eat nutritious foods, you can still struggle to lose weight.
- You will lose weight by eating unhealthy foods.
- You will gain weight even though you eat healthy foods.
👉 If you’re consuming nutritious foods but still gaining weight, I’d suggest you’re following an unhealthy diet. 👈
👉 Being overweight, obese, and possessing a lot of abdominal fat makes it more likely to die from preventable causes including heart disease and type 2 diabetes (among others) (hips to waist ratio). 👈
👉 As a result, any diet that causes you to gain weight, even though all of the foods you consume are good, is unhealthy. 👈
But how is it possible to gain weight eating healthy foods?
👉 Energy balance is the sole determinant of weight gain and loss. Calories are a unit of measurement for the amount of energy you expend (which is determined by your weight, form of mass (fat or non-fat), and level of activity). 👈
👉 Calories are a unit of measurement for the amount of energy you consume by food. 👈
👉 If the latter is greater than the former, you’ll be in a calorie surplus and gain weight. 👈
👉 You would be in a calorie deficit and lose weight if the former exceeds the latter. 👈
Most healthy foods are low in calories but not all.
👉 Most people turn to consuming more fruits and vegetables and less chips and fast food when they go on a healthy eating binge. 👈
👉 This normally leads to weight loss and a calorie deficit. 👈
👉 However, there are some “balanced foods” that aren’t all that low in calories and can easily wipe out any calorie deficit you’ve developed. 👈
👉 Some chief offenders are: 👈
- Nut butters
- Fresh juices
- “Healthy” snacks like Graze
👉 Even some fruits will easily add up to a lot of calories. A banana has about 100 calories in it. It’s not a big sum, but it all adds up. 👈
👉 On top of all your meals, two bananas, half an avocado, some peanut butter, two glasses of orange juice, and a bag of Graze snacks could easily add up to 1,000 calories. 👈
👉 In supermarkets, there are also large bags of nuts mixed with dried fruits that contain over 1,000 calories per bag. They’re incredibly tasty. 👈
👉 If you’re inactive, a smaller person, or a woman (who tend to be smaller), there’s probably not enough space in the calories you’d like to lose weight for those extra “balanced” calories. 👈
So Should You Eat “Clean” or Not to Lose Weight?
👉 Make an effort to consume more “proper” foods. Things that had to be grown or destroyed and are in near proximity to their natural state. 👈
👉 Lean meat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and other foods will make up the majority of your diet. 👈
👉 If you like it, you can also eat avocado, almonds, nut butters, salmon, and other similar foods. 👈
👉 However, keep in mind the total number of calories. It’s really tempting to consume so much “good” food. 👈
👉 There are no such things as nutritious foods; only healthy diets exist. 👈
👉 A diet that allows for some “fun” and junk food while still ensuring that you get the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals and maintain a healthy weight is preferable to one that excludes all “unhealthy” foods but causes you to gain weight due to overeating. 👈