7 Tips to Eat Cleaner

To eat cleaner, you may have to clean out your food pantry. You will eat the food in your house, whether its healthy or not. If you want your eating habits to improve, don't skip this step.

If you are having trouble with problem foods, try this trick:

Give up one bad eating habit a week. You could start with cutting excess sugar from your diet. For example, replace sodas and sugary fruit drinks with water and unsweetened tea. This one change will cut huge amounts of calories and body fat. The replacement method will make your diet changes more practical and less overwhelming.

But, you will still need to try and comply with your total meal plan at least 90% of the time.

Eating healthier is a challenge for many of us due to bad habits developed over a long time.

This is a comment posted by "Any Wife:"

"Great idea, except my problem would be that I could make it one week omitting or decreasing the intack of say sugar, but the next week when say I decided to increase my fiber intack I would start with the sugar again."

Here are 7 tips to try:

Note: Eating cleaner starts with eating whole, natural foods with one ingredient most of the time. Examples would be fruits, veggies, fish, eggs, oats and nuts. These types of foods also keep you fuller for longer on less calories.

1. Get an accountability partner (such as a friend, workout partner or personal trainer) to hold you accountable to your exercise and nutrition goals.

2. Keep a daily food journal to track your intended goals and actual eating patterns. Review and recommit to every nutrition goal every week. Once you get good at knowing what, how much and when to eat, you can stop keeping the journal.

3. Replace your "bad food" item that you like with a "good food" item that you also like. Unsugared fruit juice is a better choice than sugary juice drinks. Likewise, replace something like ice cream with low-calorie, natural smoothies. I think you get the idea. When you eat something you like, you are more likely to continue eating the healthier, low-calorie food choice.

4. Reward yourself every few days or once a week when you "stick to your nutrition plan." Having a small, sugary treat (or fill in the blank) will not hurt your nutrition plan.

5. You may need to start throwing away all the bad foods in your pantry and replacing them with healthy replacements.

6. Set your daily calorie intake based on your basal metabolic rate, activity level and goals. This way, you won't eat too much or too little.

Maintaining the right amount of calorie deficit (burning more calories than you consume) on most days is the key to burning fat and losing weight. For instance, if you eat 1,200 calories a day for too long, your body will store fat as a survival mechanism. It thinks you are starving.

7. Above all else, recommit yourself every day to your exercise and nutrition goals because its what you really want to do. Some call it willpower. You'll be healthier and happier.

Start taking these steps today to help you change your eating habits and burn more fat.

Do you want to:
  • Eat Better to be Healthier, Burn More Fat and Lose Permanent Weight?
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  • Feel Better than You have Felt in Months or Years?
  • Have the Energy to Accomplish Your Daily Goals?

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About Mark

About Mark

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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