What is The Eat-Clean Diet?
Eating Clean is treating your body right.
Clean eating is basically eating as close to nature as possible. That does NOT mean that if you have a doughnut under a tree in the grass, that that is “close to nature”… not in that way, anyway!
What it does mean is cutting out processed foods from your diet. And it means sticking with lean proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats.
It also means eating 5-6 times a day, based on your weight, whether you are hungry or not. Equal meals of approximately 200-300 calories for EACH meal, with about 100-125 calories coming from protein, 100-125 calories coming from complex carbs, and about 50 calories coming from healthy fats.
So, what do you do with all this?
Plan on eating 5-6 meals per day… whether you are hungry or not...
All meals are EQUAL in size, and all meals MUST include a protein, a carb and some fat. Protein eaten in conjunction with complex carbs slows down the digestion process, burning MORE calories, and releasing into your blood system SLOWER. This helps sustain you LONGER, and keeps your insulin levels from spiking. If your insulin levels are NOT spiking, you will not get cravings for high fat, high carb foods, and you will not get that mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or mid-evening slump, when you are low on energy or wildly hungry.
This helps you AVOID the temptation to overeat in an unhealthy way. Eating clean, and regularly, will keep your body sustained. You will not get cravings, or have energy slumps because you will be giving your body EXACTLY what it needs to function, and will keep your metabolism at top burning capacity.
And on metabolism… ever wonder WHY they say eating 5 times a day stokes your metabolism?? Because most of your BMR (basal metabolic rate… the amount of calories your body burns up to JUST FUNCTION) is based on digestion. And digestion burns about the same amount as one half hour of cardio does. So, eat 2-3 times a day, and you burn maybe only 400-600 calories a day, but eat 5-6 times a day, and you burn 1000-1800 calories a day… WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Right?
Shop every week for new foods so that you aren't ever reaching for some processed food in the cupboard, plus if you buy things when they are in season, they normally run a bit cheaper. This keeps the fresh food cost down, and increases the success of your lifestyle change :) Good luck everyone!!