Many of the fitness guests featured on GDGC mention eating a "clean" diet, but what does that mean and how does it work? Sean Call, publisher of Oklahoma Sports & Fitness Magazine said a clean diet consists of elminiating refined sugar, cooking healthy meals, packing healthy snacks, cutting down on processed foods, limiting alcohol intake, drinking a lot of water and eating five to six meals a day.
"A large percentage of nutritional confusion comes from the media. As a result, we consume large amounts of pre-packaged, processed and convenient “fat-free”, dietary options," Call said.
"Eating clean can be a major transition for a majority of people due to addictions to sugar, refined grains, and fast food. It takes discipline in order to make eating clean a habit, but it has so many long-term health and fitness benefits," Call said.
Refined sugar can spike your blood sugar leaving your feeling fatigued. "Stay away from foods that list sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or dextrose on the ingredients label."
The best guideline to follow is to eat food that is straight from nature. "The idea is to stay away from anything that humans (food corporations) have altered in any way," he said. "Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want. Try to add about a handful of each per meal."
He also said to eat soluble fiber which are found in oats and beans and is very filling, and it helps pull cholesterol out of the bloodstream, moving it through the digestive tract.
"Consuming lean proteins from sources such as chicken and salmon preserve your lean body mass, and having some every day stabilizes your blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller longer," Call said.
"The idea with clean eating is not to eat extra food, but to take the normal amount of food you eat (or should eat) and divide that into your 5-6 meals per day" he said. "This method helps to curb hunger and dramatically improves metabolism!"
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