You can’t flip through a magazine or click through Facebook these days without seeing some mention of “diets” and “weight loss”, and while I generally shudder at those particular words, I think using nutritional change to achieve your health, fitness, and aesthetic goals is a legitimate pursuit.
That said, as much as ‘good nutrition’ is a great starting point, it is also (unfortunately) a rather vague one. Case in point: While flipping through a magazine during a pedicure recently — digression: I love pedicures! — and I came across an article that listed 50-something dieting tips for this holiday season. 50! And I’m not sure that all of them were consistent. It’s a tough, tough world we live in, and terms like “kilojoules”, “caloric deficit”, and “macronutrients” can be really daunting for someone who’s starting from ground zero.
I know because that was me 7 months ago.
But all is not lost! If “calorie counting” and “macro counting” sound scary to you, or if you don’t have the slightest clue what “paleo” or “80/20/20” mean, then following a general “eating clean” principle is the best starting point for you. I’m fact, I think it’s the best starting point for most people who just want to start making some better nutritional choices for themselves… As vague as ‘eating clean’ may sound. It’s perfectly compatible with any of the other diet paradigms that have been mentioned and is the first baby step into a whole new lifestyle.
I’m going to do a short series of posts to expand on my case for eating clean. I did attempt to compact the argument into one post, but let’s face it: I’d rather not read a super wordy post (even if it’s an interesting topic!) so I shan’t put you through that.
As a preview, though, here are the 3 main reasons why I think eating clean is the best starting point for someone looking to make a change in his/her dietary habits:
Because it is simple
Because it is scalable
Because it is sustainable
As a parting note, it should be pointed out that the three reasons above are not exclusive to eating clean — many other dietary approaches can lay claim to them too! However, I believe that eating clean possesses all three and that’s what makes it a lovely place to start.