You know how you feel after a meal made with whole foods, like a lean cut of grilled steak or a piece of salmon and veggies that burst with flavor? Your body is grateful and primed to power you through the day — the very opposite of a food coma.
That's the payoff of clean eating, an approach to food and life that has taken the health world by storm. Some proponents make it seem complicated (every bite must be organic! homegrown! gluten-free!), but there's a simpler way, say Dr. Oz and other experts. All clean eating really requires is reaching for foods that are close to their natural form when they hit your plate.
Your food just has to be food — legitimate, wholesome food — instead of the stuff that's heavily processed, says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. So you try to avoid anything loaded with refined sugar, trans fats, additives, preservatives, pesticides, and hormones.
We'll outline how this basic idea applies to all the major food groups, giving "Real-World Clean" guidelines you can follow without driving yourself crazy. You'll also learn a bit about the much more restrictive "Extreme Clean" approach. But you don't need to go that far to get a huge payoff.
The health benefits of a cleaner diet? It can help reduce your risk for disease, give you more energy, and move you closer to your ideal weight without starvation or stalling your metabolism. Ready to love every clean bite? Let's go!