What are Bad Foods?
More and more frequently foods are being cajoled into lists – often created by people with little expertise (or any qualifications) within nutrition – declaring foods bad or good. Listing foods as bad is becoming a bigger and increasingly more dangerous issue because:
- Those (usually ‘celebs’) with a large influence over others with little/no nutritional knowledge projects their own opinion, which could be wrong.
- It is a completely subjective class system; what makes a food good or bad?
- It is contributing to issues like orthorexia and other modern eating disorders.
- Those giving this advice are doing so from a platform such as Instagram, which doesn’t get regulated to show their qualifications, diet or lifestyle. They in themselves could be clueless and have a genuine eating disorder!
But some foods are good and some are bad, right?
Some foods are more nutritionally dense, and some are less so. Some foods are calorie dense, and some less so. This doesn’t mean one is good and one is bad, rather they’re simply different.
(Yes of course) Your diet should be based on healthier food choices such as non-processed foods, vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats, oily fish, etc – but what good is this if ‘eating clean’ makes you repulsed and unenthused by your own diet, don’t consume any foods you actually like or even eat too many calories (notwithstanding to these being from ‘good fats’) and gain body fat?
Arguably, more negative health markers are associated with higher levels of body fat than are present in individuals whose diets that are not 100% ‘clean’ but calorie controlled allowing for a consistently healthy BMI.
To put it simply, no certain food has the ability to make you gain fat. It is down to the calories each food contains and how many calories you consume per day. If you are in a caloric surplus you will likely gain fat, and if you are in a caloric deficit – even if your diet was solely pork pies and dominos garlic mayo dip (the dream!) – you will lose fat/weight. Likewise, no foods have the ability to make you burn fat – no matter how romanticised or exotic they are. You can still gain fat on a diet with too many calories based only on ‘clean foods’ and no carbs.
But so many people say their clean diets helped them lose weight?
When aiming for fat loss, being in a caloric deficit is essential and quality of food is not. This means that if I embarked on a ‘dirty eating lifestyle’, but reduced my caloric intake, then I would lose body fat if I was eating less calories in a day then I was consuming (which is known as a caloric deficit).
This means that for some people a clean diet would make them lose weight as it would ban a list of foods, and therefor reduce their intake of calories per week on average. Also, take into account that most people embarking on a clean eating phase or lifestyle will also increase their exercise frequency alongside this that will help with any fat/weight loss based goals.
So you are saying I shouldn’t eat clean?
If you find you genuinely enjoy eating clean, can adhere to the diet without binging commonly and don’t force yourself to eat only a handful of foods as you believe they have superpowers then by all means eat clean till the cows come home!
However, we feel it is far more sustainable to base a diet on healthier food choices, but include foods you like daily that may be considered less healthy. Simply practice portion control, and you will enjoy and stick to your diet/calories a whole lot more when compared to a clean diet you detest. Once you develop a style of eating you genuinely enjoy it won’t have the negative connotations of a diet attached to it anymore, meaning you are less likely to feel the need to break from it or consider the style of eating finite. Diets are finite things, which when you revert to a more normal style of eating, causes you to regain the lost weight and more (another unhappy fact).
Where can I read about other methods of eating?
How do I Improve My Body Shape, and Maintain It?
This is done through a combination of training and a calorie-controlled diet, but both of these must be sustainable in order to allow you to reach your goals and maintain this physique longer term.
If something is enjoyable, and goals set/workload is realistic, then you stand a far better chance of moving forwards. If a fitness regime adds to your life, rather than reducing the quality of it, then it may well work for you long term as you can adhere to it more consistently than exercise and food you don’t enjoy.
Our Bikini and Cutting Guides are designed for sustainable fat loss, and packed with information to ensure the guides are flexible, effective and teach you skills in the process. As well as providing rapid support throughout, our Transformation Guides aim to teach you about:
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- Nutrition; specific to your weight, build and (changing) schedules
- Supplementation (and exclusive discounts); what supplements actually are effective or convenient
- Lifestyle and sustainability; how to build fitness into your life, rather than your life around it
- Tracking your own progress; how to properly use the scales, selfies and measurements
- Mind-set and progression; how to stay motivated and move forwards
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