Why eat clean? The most important reason is the impact it has on your health. But another good reason to eat clean is that it can help you lose weight. Several years ago I was getting super frustrated because I was working out like crazy but I wasn’t losing any weight. At that point I began eating “clean” and that’s when the weight started to come off. I lost between 1-2 lbs. a week over a period of about 6 months. So believe me, what you eat has a huge impact on how you look. Below are some excellent reasons to incorporate eating clean into your life:
- Two thirds of all US adults are overweight
This is due to people eating all the wrong things. Fast food, processed food, too much sugar…it’s all bad stuff. By eating clean, you eliminate anything processed. The beautiful thing about clean eating is it isn’t necessary to count calories because everything you eat is all real food. If you don’t eat junk then calorie counting becomes unnecessary. Pair clean eating with daily exercise and you won’t be in the majority of adults with a weight problem.
- 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime
It is estimated that up to half of all cancer cases could be avoided if people made changes to their lifestyle, such as stopping smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy body weight. I firmly believe that one of the main reasons cancer rates are so high is because of the amount of processed food most people put into their bodies. Things like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup are absolutely deadly for the body. Clean eating eliminates all man made chemicals and replaces them with healthy, natural REAL food.
- 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes and 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes
Diabetes is a serious, preventable disease. Your risk of developing diabetes can be significantly lowered through physical activity and proper diet. Another important part of diabetes management is reducing other cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.