Getting started with a clean eating diet

You’ve probably read the obesity statistics, which are a little disheartening.  Just a bit under  60 million Americans are overweight, with one out of every six of us falling into the “clinically obese” category.  The data is even worse in the younger generation, as one in three adolescents is overweight or obese.

Because America’s battle of the bulge is going so poorly, there’s no shortage of clean eating tips offered by “experts” of various qualifications.  Many of these tips, which espouse short-term diets to help you lose weight, are effective in the near term but too difficult to follow to be sustainable over the long haul.

A more reasonable approach is to apply knowledge of the list of “fat burning foods.”  The name is a little bit incorrect, because no foods technically burn fat.  But there is a surprisingly broad list of foods that help you create the metabolic conditions that cause your body to utilize fat for energy instead of storing lipids inside your fat cells.

Here’s the list of fat burning foods.

  • Eat meats.  Humans are omnivores, and our digestive systems are perfectly able to handle meats.  There’s debate over whether you should eat red meat or not, but that’s a matter of personal choice.  You can lose all the weight you want without deleting red meats.
  • Eat vegetables.  Make these the backbone of your diet.  Eat whatever vegetables you like, though variety is important.
  • Eat seeds and nuts.  They’re high in fat, which is a good thing.  Eating fat doesn’t make you fat, all conventional “wisdom” aside.
  • Eat fruit, but in moderation.  It’s healthy, but modern fruits are bred for high fructose content, which we want to avoid.
  • Eat very limited starches.  Cut down drastically on breads, potatoes, pastas, and rice.  Difficult for most of us to do.
  • Eliminate sugar.  Avoid sodas, fruit juices, candy, and desserts.  If you want to lose weight, you’re going to have to give up sugar.

Simple, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it tastes great too.

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