Eat Clean for 21 Days and Lose to Win with our April DietBet Weight Loss Pool
April 10-30! #BWLWApril
The start of the summer season, June 21, is about 12 weeks away. That is plenty of time to make major progress. That could mean not being out of breath when you play outside with your kids. That could mean wearing that swimsuit you’ve avoided because you don’t feel comfortable with your weight. That could mean seeing major improvement in your blood pressue numbers and not having to take medicine while on vacation. We know that 80% of the transformation equation is what we put in our mouths. This April, we are going to commit to clean eating and refining our eating habits for 21 days straight.
What is clean eating?
When you eat clean you will be eating unprocessed, whole foods that are prepared or cooked in ways that don’t add extra chemicals and toxins. We are talking about fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats, meat substitutes like tofu, soy, whole grains, lots of water, healthy dairy and fresh juice. We will avoid fried food, fast food, junk food, bleached white flour, artificial ingredients, soda, commercial juice and sugary drinks, processed sugar (white sugar, corn syrup), and foods with preservatives, toxins, dyes, saturated fat, and trans fat. You will likely be cooking at lot of food at home, making green smoothies, eating salads, eating healthy snacks, and really realizing just how healthy you’ve really been eating. It’s not about perfection…it’s about making healthy choices.
Ultimately it’s not just about weight loss or building muscle. It’s about our long term wellness goals and building a healthy lifestyle that we can maintain for the long haul. You may have a day or two where you don’t eat clean, but this about progress… not perfection. Keep your health and wellness in mind and feed yourself healthy food.
How do you join the challenge? Sign up by leaving a comment below. Let us know what your weight loss and wellness goals are for April. Updates will be sent out via our email list, so if you aren’t signed up, join today.
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- Create a Weekly Grocery List based on your food preferences. – Not sure what to eat? Check out our Clean Eating Foods List. Whether you are vegan, going low carb, paleo, etc… you can eat more clean, whole foods vs. processed foods.
- Create a Clean Recipe Go-To List with 10 Breakfast options, 10 lunch options and 10 dinner options. This list can serve as your go to list of meal ideas for meal prep and meal planning. A great place to start looking for recipes is Pinterest.
- Check out these tips for eating clean on a budget.
- Share your meal photos for Photo Accountability – Post photos of your meals, meal prep photos, workout photos and inspirational quotes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #BWLWApril
- Don’t forget to exercise. Exercise and clean eating is a powerful combination. Work at your own pace. Find a form of exercise that works best for your level of fitness and your lifestyle.
I will post a list recipes and resources each week so that you don’t get bored.
Join our April DietBet Weight Loss Pool!
Lose 4% of your weight in 28 days and split the pot with other participants who’ve done the same. Get the full details. Weigh-in April 8-9th – $30 Bet
Bonus Stakes Giveaway: One DietBet participant, chosen at random, will get a Polar Heart Rate Monitor and another will get 30 DietBet Credits. The fun starts on April 10th.
Goals for April!
- Cook or prepare at least 1 meal at home each day. The goal is to cook more meals for yourself. Feel free to prep and cook as many meals as you can, but 1 per day will be the minimum.
- Eat 4-5 times per day – 3 meals and 2 snacks is a great way to split your meals up. Don’t let more than 3 hours pass between meals. Eat every 2-3 hours if you can.
- Stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime.
- No fast food, junk food or foods high in processed sugar.
- Look up the calorie, carb, fat and protein counts for what you eat before you eat it.
- Be mindful of chemicals, preservatives, dyes and other additives in the foods you eat. Read labels and do your research.
- Avoid sugary drinks or soda. This includes artificial sugars in diet drinks, like Crystal Light and Diet Coke.
- Eat ANY fresh fruits or veggies that you like (fresh or frozen). Eat as much as you want. Use fruit to combat fruit cravings. (Note: Limit your intake of dried fruit as they are often dried with sugar and sulfur).
- Consider cutting back on carbs. Consider limiting your carbs to around 30% of your food intake or go low carb if that works for you.
- Use Moderation and Portion Control. If you do indulge in processed food, fast food, junk food, etc…do it in moderation and eat reasonable portions.
Resources You Don’t Want to Miss
- Clean Eating Magazine – A whole magazine dedicated to clean eating. Check out their free meal plans.
- The Gracious Pantry – Tons of clean recipes and shopping lists. Check out their helpful shopping list.
- Eating Well Magazine – Clean Eating Recipes
- Buzz Feed – 34 Clean Eating Recipes You’ll Actually Want To Eat
- Buzz Feed’s Week Clean Eating Challenge – Free Meal Plan and Recipes
TOP TIP for Success: Decide on a daily calorie goal and daily goals for carbs, fat and protein.
- Protein has 4 calories per gram – .7 to 1 gram per pound of bodyweight
- Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram – .7 to .9 gram per pound of bodyweight
- Fat has 9 calories per gram – .4 to .5 gram per pound of bodyweight
- You can also break down your calories by percentage. For example, 30% carbs, 40% protein and 30% fats.
How do you decide on how much food to eat? Use an online weight loss calculator to help you decide on the numbers that work for you. Here are some helpful calculators: www.webmd.com, www.myfitnesspal.com or www.freedieting.com. Please keep in mind that you have to do your own research and work figure out what works for your needs. Someone with blood sugar issues is not going to eat a high carb diet. Someone with pancreas or gallbladder issues can’t just pick numbers without considering how much fat they will be eating. There is no “one size fits all” plan. Here is some additional guidance.