clean eating vs flexible dieting

There are a lot of misconceptions about clean eating vs. flexible dieting out there. Many people think that clean eating and flexible dieting are both specific diets, but they’re not. To say that you’re both a clean eater and a flexible dieter is an oxymoron. Because in actuality, the difference lies not in WHAT foods you eat, but rather the mindset with which you approach your nutrition.
In the scientific literature, the terms “rigid dietary restraint” and “flexible dieting restraint,” or “rigid dieting” and “flexible dieting” are used to describe these concepts.
Clean eating involves an all-or-nothing mindset. You think of foods are being either good or bad, permitted or forbidden. It makes sense, then, that consuming said “forbidden” foods would induce feelings of guilt and remorse. Indeed, the research shows that clean eating is associated with higher body mass, more yo-yo dieting, more binge eating episodes, plus greater anxiety and body images issues.
On the flipside, flexible dieting is far more moderate. No foods are off limits, and a heavy emphasis is placed on portion sizes. Flexible dieting is correlated with the absence of overeating, lower body mass, and lower levels of depression and anxiety. Plus, it predicts better long-term weight loss – and isn’t this what most people ultimately strive for?
However you choose to eat, understand that trying to be stricter is not always going to work. Rather, get comfortable with moderation and become a master of portion control. The devil is in the dose.

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