The cult of “clean eating” is more popular than ever these days, and it commands strict adherence to arbitrary eating do’s and don’ts.
While I’m all for eating nutritious (“clean”) foods for the purposes of supplying our bodies with vitamins and minerals, this guarantees nothing in the way of building muscle or losing fat.
You can be the cleanest eater in the world and still be weak and skinny fat.
Why? Because “clean” calories count just as much as “dirty” calories when it comes to gaining or losing fat and building muscle. Claiming that one food is “better” than another for losing weight is misleading because it misses the forest for the trees.
You see, foods don’t have any special properties that make them better or worse for weight loss. What they do have, however, are varying amounts of potential energy, as measured in calories, varying amounts of vitamins and minerals, and varying amounts of protein, carbohydrate, and fat.
These two factors–the calories contained in foods and how those calories break down into protein, carbohydrate, and fat–are what make certain foods more suitable for losing weight than others.
And I have good news for you: the “best” foods for losing weight include just about everything you could want to eat...
The truth is if you know how to regulate and balance your food intake properly, you can eat your favorite foods every day and lose weight safely and healthily.
And what about when you’re focusing on building muscle?