Why I Don’t Promote “Clean Eating”

I am going to preface this article by stating that this opinion is not necessarily the opinion of all members of the LBEB team, this is my own opinion, backed up with philosophy and scientific research.

“Shop the perimeter of the grocery store”, “Eat clean, whole, unprocessed foods”, “You can’t out-train a bad diet”: These are mantras that you can see repeated over and over on nearly every corner of the fitness interwebs. They serve to inspire people to make healthy living and eating choices, but the problem with mantras like this is people tend to repeat them over and over, without knowing what exactly they are saying when questioned about them. I am going to discuss the issues I find with these mantras, and the lack of applicability they have to new clients and athletes.

The first issue I find with “clean eating” is the definition of “clean” itself. If you were to ask someone in the 70s and 80s what clean eating was, they would probably tell you that a diet low in MSG was clean. In the 90s, they would tell you that a low fat/cholesterol diet was clean. Now, a “clean diet” is one that is low in sugar and carbohydrates. What does this evolution of thought mean? It means that every so often, we need to find a food to demonize and blame for obesity, sickness, headaches, lethargy, and even autism. Unfor