My friend and fitness guru Tony Horton has shown us so much about healthy living, exercising and eating well. Within his breakthrough plan to reshape your body, one of my favorite Tony Horton methods of losing weight and staying healthy is his plan to eat “clean.”
Eating clean doesn’t necessarily mean washing your food before you eat it (though that’s an important step too). It means eating foods that have no preservatives, additives, or chemicals in the ingredient list. If there’s a mysterious ingredient you can’t pronounce or if it evokes an image of guys in white lab coats, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
Tony Horton talks about the 90-10 Rule: The idea that you should only stick to clean foods 90% of the time instead of 100%. This rule is important because we all need to include some cheat days and cheat meals in our diet to allow us to reward ourselves and to keep us on track. Read more about his 3-step diet plan.
First, for the 90%, choose foods with only one ingredient. It may seem easy, but next time you’re in the grocery store, think of all the groceries you usually buy that is made with chemicals, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. If you need a reminder, just read the labels on most packaged foods.
Next, for the 10%, you can eat "dirty" snacks. Yes, you read that right: dirty! You to have a little fun while you are on your diet.
Finally, you may benefit from Tony Horton’s replacement shake.
For more examples of clean foods, visit our Eat Yourself Skinny Gallery, which contains delicious foods that are not only clean but can rev up your metabolism as well.
Here are some other vitally important tips for eating clean: