Eating Clean can help you to lose weight especially if you know how to choose the right foods. Here are of some of the best clean eating foods for weight loss.
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I try not to cringe when someone tells me they want to lose weight so they are eating low fat cookies. I am not being judgmental. I just know that their body is most likely struggling (because it cannot run efficiently on fake foods and toxic ingredients!)
Being overweight is just a symptom they have. Most likely their metabolism is struggling, their liver is overworked and their digestion isn’t very good.
A much better way to lose weight is to eat clean foods. Foods that can aid their metabolism, clean out their liver, and repair their digestion. As far as side effects, these foods do have some:
- Healthy real foods often give a person healthier, prettier skin.
- Clean eating causes surges in natural energy.
- Sometimes, if one eats enough of these foods, they need less medications.
Now, those are side effects that I don’t mind having. 🙂
Here are some superstar clean eating foods for weight loss.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil helps with weight loss because of a myriad of reasons.
Coconut Oil Helps You to Feel Full and Keeps Your Blood Sugar Steady
The first is simply that eating healthy fats like coconut oil with meals helps you to feel full for longer.
Also, when you eat more fat, you don’t have the blood sugar swings that you can get with a higher carb lower fat diet. And if you have ever felt your blood sugar go low, you know it is almost impossible not to eat something right away. In fact if your blood sugar gets really low, it can be dangerous. You would need to eat something if that happens. It is hard to lose weight if your blood sugar is causing you to have to eat right away.
Many people who eat too many carbs and/or not enough fat and protein end up with wildly swinging blood sugar which can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes and weight gain. Eating enough healthy fats (like coconut oil!) can keep your blood sugar steady.
I used to eat lower fat, and I had trouble with low blood sugar symptoms and I weighed more. After I had worked on detox and eating more fat I was thinner and healthier! My blood work looked way better-my triglycerides had dropped dramatically. (And I still continue to be a healthy weight even after years of eating lots of coconut oil.)
Coconut Oil Gives Immediate Energy and Supports Healthy Digestion
Coconut oil also helps with weight loss because it contains a lot of medium chain saturated fatty acids. These mct oils are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they can be used for immediate energy.
Coconut oil is anti fungal, anti bacterial, and anti viral which means that it can kill off bad bugs in the gut, and encourage a healthy microbiome. A healthy balanced microbiome often correlates with a thinner healthier person.
How to Buy Healthy Coconut Oil
The best kind of coconut oil is labeled “virgin” or “extra virgin”. This means the coconut oil is not refined. Virgin coconut oil has a coconut taste. (To me the taste is not strong.) Refined coconut oil does not have the coconut taste, but also does not have all the health benefits of virgin coconut oil.
If you see “cold pressed” on the label, that is a indicating the way that the oil was extracted. Cold pressing is a healthy way to process coconut oil. Some methods of extraction use chemicals and you would want to avoid those.
I often buy certified organic coconut oil, but not always. You can read more about what kind I buy and how I get my coconut oil very cheaply in this post.
2. Raw Vegetables and Fruits
Raw fruits and vegetables help to clean out the liver. Often this leads to weight loss because the liver is the body’s filter. If the filter is working optimally, toxins and poisons are flushed more efficiently from the body. When this happens, weight loss often happens automatically.
Dr. Sandra Cabot talks about some of the symptoms of liver damage on her site. She mentions that excessive weight gain, sluggish metabolism, and an inability to lose weight even while dieting can all be signs of liver problems.
I notice a difference in my skin if I juice raw vegetables. It may be because I am able to consume a lot of vegetables this way which makes my liver happier. 🙂 Becca from These Lovely Acres also found some huge benefits from juicing. Juicing helps her to be less bloated, have less acne, and more regulated blood sugar. She also has a lot more energy!
Some of the best liver cleansing foods are:
- Daikon radish
- Organic lettuce
- Granny smith apples
How to Prepare Vegetables and Fruits
Obviously the easiest way might be to simply make a yummy salad. It is easy to get fruits and vegetables in that way! Also, you can easily use lemon in a salad dressing-like this simple lemon garlic vinaigrette.
Juicing can also dramatically increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. I have made juice in my blender before, but it must be strained if you do it this way. It is more time intensive than using an actual juicer. If you want to seriously get into juicing, you may want to get a highly rated juicer like this one on Amazon:
Protein can help you lose weight because it helps to keep the blood sugar even. Just like coconut oil or other healthy oils, protein helps your blood sugar not to spike when you eat carbohydrates. This is super important when you are trying to lose weight.
Protein is also full of amino acids that help the body with detox. What this means is that if you want to detox, you need to eat high quality protein. This would include things like: poultry, grass fed beef, eggs, and salmon.
You don’t really have to eat large portions of meat to get the benefits. You just need to eat a moderate amount and then you can eat a moderate amount of carbs and lots of veggies!
How to Choose Healthy Proteins
Even though I am super frugal, I still spend a little more to get high quality meats. High quality meats don’t contain the bad fats or toxins that can make it hard to lose weight.
I choose healthy chicken from the grocery store, and I buy my grass fed beef from a local farmer. It is also a good idea to buy eggs from a local source. I buy wild alaskan salmon because it is super low in toxins.
4. Fiber Rich Foods
Fiber is not a food or a food group, but rather an indigestible part of plant foods. Fiber in foods helps you to feel full even on foods with less calories.
Fiber, like protein and fat, can help you to have healthy stable blood sugar levels. Fiber also feeds the good bacteria so that you can have a well balanced microbiome. I mentioned earlier that a healthy microbiome in the gut often means that you will be thinner and healthier.
Fiber also helps keep one regular which definitely helps with detox and weight loss. There are many food that contain fiber-almost all plant based foods have some. However, there are some foods that are particularly fiber rich. Here are a few of the best:
- Navy beans-almost all beans are a good source of fiber, but navy beans are especially good. (For delicious bean recipes that the whole family will love I recommend the Everything Beans Book.)
- Ezekial bread is a good source of fiber. I talk all about the benefits of Ezekial bread in my store bought bread post.
- Flax seeds have a lot of fiber and can be added to your baking recipes in small amounts. They can also be added to granola or smoothies. You don’t need much to get a lot of fiber!
- Raspberries are easy to eat and are also a great source of fiber.
Eating clean foods can definitely help with weight loss-especially if you know which foods have the most weight loss potential. Keep these clean eating foods in mind whenever you are trying to lose weight, and I bet you will see results!
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Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. I am not a doctor or medical professional. I share only from my own experiences and research. Consult your own practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements.