I regurlary get asked my what type of nutrition plan I follow to see optimal results. Due to the fact that 80% of my results come directly from my nutrition, I wanted to take a moment to explain the Clean Eating principals that I follow religiously whether Im getting ready for a competition or during my off season.
Clean Eating Principles
* Eating a mini-meal every two to three hours (5 to 6 small meals per day total) to keep blood sugar level and prevent hunger
* Combining lean proteins and complex carbs at every meal
* Avoiding all over-processed and refined foods (especially sugar, white rice, and white flour)
* Avoiding saturated and trans fat, instead consuming healthy fats
* Avoiding soda and other sugary juices and drinks
* Avoiding high-calorie, zero nutrient foods (i.e., junk food)
* Eating proper portion sizes
* Drinking at least 8 cups of water every day
Clean eating is a lifestyle that requires time, commitment, and pre-planning and is not just a way of eating that can accomplish weight loss or overall health just by doing it on the weekends only. Clean eating is not about deprivation, avoiding food groups, counting calories or starvation, but about making healthy food choices and providing the body with the best foods possible.
There are many health benefits to eating clean, including:
* Fat loss
* Weight loss
* Increased energy
* Clearer skin
* Shinier hair
* Better sleep
* Increased mental well-being
Clean eating is not complicated, nor is it expensive. Oftentimes it is actually cheaper to buy clean eating foods than it is to buy prepackaged, processed foods. Although it is less expensive to eat clean and nutritious foods, it does require more time in the kitchen planning and cooking meals.
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