How Eating Clean Fixes Your Metabolism
Have you ever dieted for months on low calories without seeing any weight loss, or worse, seen weight gain? What most people dont know – even many doctors – is that sometimes eating less is actually the problem, not the solution.
The phrase “metabolic damage” floats around as a way to describe a slow metabolism that no longer burns fat efficiently, despite a low caloric intake or excess exercise.
Weight loss seems impossible, and the general rule of calories in versus calories out no longer applies.
However this damage is fixable.
Your metabolism is adaptable, changeable, and flexible, and in the same way it slows down during dieting, it can also speed up when properly cared. That’s where your clean eating lifestyle comes in.
That’s right, you dont have to be stuck with your slow metabolism forever!
The amount of food we provide our body determines how fast or slow our metabolism operates.
When we begin to diet or have a low calorie intake, our metabolism slows its functions to match this decrease in food intake. Yes, you read that right. Metabolism begins to slow down as food intake decreases.
The same way that you don’t want to run sprints on low energy, your metabolism doesn’t want to drive your body’s engine all day with no fuel in the tank. So it slows right down.
After a prolonged period of too energy expenditure and not enough food, your metabolism reaches a point where fat loss becomes nearly impossible.
Eventually any calories you consume will be stored to keep the body’s functions operating, rather than burned for fat loss.
Once your metabolism slows down to the point where it no longer burns fat, how do you repair it?
The only place to go is up. Yes, increasing food may actually help you lose weight.
Eating food raises metabolism. After all, processing and digesting nutrients requires energy and accounts for 10% of our metabolism.
Digesting proteins requires the most energy, which means that as you eat more protein, and more calories in general, your metabolism will begin working faster.
If you’re currently eating 3000 calories a day, increasing your intake probably wont help you loose weight. But if you’ve been eating very little, or following a1200-calorie plan for months with no results, you may be ready to take steps towards metabolic repair. And following the clean eating principles in this book will help you do it.
1. Eating more food
As part of your clean eating lifestyle, you need to eat evey 2.5 to 3 hours throughout the day. That’s 5 – 6 small, nutritious, “clean” meals a day. This will wake up your metabolism.
Now your body starts to realize that food is not in short supply – you’re feeding it frequently throughout the day, so it doesn’t have to go into “fat storage” mode to survive. When you feed your body, you are fueling your metabolism to function at peak performance. Just as you get a bon fire to roar by adding logs to it, you’re get your metabolism to roar by feeding it. But similarly, you won’t get a bon fire to burn by putting the wrong fuel on the fire – do that and you might just snuff it out. Similarly, when feeding your metabolism, you need to fuel it with the correct food – or you might just snuff it out. The clean eating principles in this book teach you the correct food, and the correct food combining principles, to get your metabolusm to roar!
2 Keep your body guessing
As humans, our bodies seek regularity and will work to maintain homeostasis. After following one plan for too long, your body grows accustomed and needs a change to see results. You can’t eat the same foods or the amount for months and months and expect it to cause weight loss or weight gain, you will eventually just maintain. Continue to change your routine in the the kitchen to keep your body up to speed.
Don’t buy pre-packaged meat products, or any type of packaged, frozen, or convenience foods because they are loaded with artificial ingredeints that are ultimately harmful to your body and your metabolism, and are entirely counterproductive to good health.
Clean foods pack the highest nutrient value for the lowest number of calories. Brightly-colored fruits and vegetables supply more nutrients compared to the number of calories they supply. Less nutrient-dense foods provide empty calories and tend to look lighter or whiter, contain refined sugar, or high amounts of unhealthy fats.
Everyone would agree that excessive consumption of highly processed food with lots of additives is not a healthy way to eat. However, neither is following a highly restrictive diet for any amount of time
, the majority of people tolerate gluten very well
lots of veggies, good quality protein
An obsession with clean eating and the shame that is often associated with eating foods considered to be dirty can also lead to mental health is
it’s better to develop healthy eating habits that come from sound scientific advice and which balance all the nutrients your body needs.
As I mentioned earlier, clean eating is not a fad diet nor is does it involve eliminating any food major groups. Instead it is a lifestyle that empowers you by showing you how to make good decisions within those food groups.