Can A Clean Diet Help Promote Weight Loss?
If you want to lose weight and gain better health, consider a “clean diet” by avoiding artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. Not only are these unhealthy, they don’t help you develop good eating habits. Finding fake versions of high-fat, high-sugar foods will most likely result in cravings that lead you away from the good stuff. Most importantly, the research shows they do not promote weight loss, and in fact, they are more likely to promote weight gain and inflammation.
Instead of artificial sweeteners, small amounts of sugar as a flavoring is a better choice when you want something sweet (raw honey or pure maple syrup are both safe when used in moderation for flavor, and relatively low in calories, about 15 per teaspoon). For fats, small amounts of healthy fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil or grass fed butter are a much better choice for your health and your waistline than synthetic or processed (hydrogenated) fats.
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