A clean diet refers to a plan that tips the scales towards natural, unprocessed foods that will nourish the body properly. This, in turn, produces fat loss, health and longevity results.
As appealing as this sounds, and however one looks at this, it’s not actually the key to leading the best life. Just think of a lifetime where you don’t allow yourself anything so-called “naughty” to eat or drink. It’s not really that appealing and leaves you open to binge eating and disatisfaction.
When I was dieting for my bodybuilding shows, I had to become a certain body fat percentage to classify for a particular category. During my prep, there was one stage that my body was resisting everything — and I wasn’t allowed to eat anything indulgent. This went on for three to four months, and although it wasn’t hard or bad at all, it definitely wasn’t that exciting. Sometimes even the healthiest of us would like to indulge in something out of the ordinary. It’s just human nature.
In many of my posts regarding cheat meals, one bad meal won’t break a good quality diet plan. It’s all about balance and only allowing that one meal — not a whole day of indulgent eating.
However, you take this advice will depend entirely on what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight or build muscle? Perhaps you want to get back to health, or maybe include some healthier alternatives without having to sacrifice the foods you love. These are all wonderful goals, and you ought to choose the one that makes you the happiest and can stick to the long term. I always make it a priority to mention that healthy eating is something you must think of as a lifestyle plan — not a quick fix. If you lead a healthy lifestyle whilst allowing some indulgences, you will lead the best life possible.
If you intend to stick to clean eating, please do not feel guilty when you want to have a burger, or some scoops of ice cream. It’s important that we always put our health first, and of course, I always recommend eating a clean diet. But in saying that, it’s also recommended you allow yourself something indulgent once in a while. And with that, do not feel guilty — enjoy it and then get back to your peak lifestyle plan when it’s time to eat your next meal.