Rather than adapting a crazy crash-diet that won’t actually benefit your body in the longterm, there are eating plans which aim to make lifelong changes. The Clean and Lean Diet was created by trainer to the celebrities, James Duigan as a good mix of lean ‘curvy, slim and healthy, not scarily honed or skinny’ and clean ‘a body cleared of toxins’ as said by Duigan himself.

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What are you allowed to eat?

Duigan suggests that in order to be successful within the Clean and Lean Diet, foods must be eaten in their most natural state. Heavily processed foods are not encouraged, since they quite obviously look and taste different to what they’re actually made out of. Stick to food which has a total of six ingredients or less.

Fresh unprocessed foods are the main focus, and every meal should include three key products: protein, fat, and vegetables. A variety of vegetables are encouraged, so don’t just stick to one – otherwise the diet won’t work for you in this way.

How does it work?

The principle behind the diet is quite simple, that the body doesn’t naturally cling to fat whilst it’s in the body. So eliminating harmful toxins altogether will lead to a slimmer waistline, and a stronger and well-rounded physique.

Benefits

Cheat meals

If you’re looking for cheat meals, the Clean and Lean Diet does form some type of flexibility for that sweet tooth. Although coffee is usually discouraged from other diets, you are allowed to have one a day – better make the most of it!

Increased energy

Since the focus is mainly on fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find that your body will change the way it processes food. This may lead to a faster metabolism, increased energy, and a slimmer waistline as the diet moves onwards from the six-month mark.

Exercise

There is no way to a achieve a healthy standard of living without some daily or weekly exercise. The Clean and Lean Diet encourages followers to partake in their favourite sports or activity at least 2-3 times a week in order to stay active. Even walking instead of taking the car is a conscious effort which will no-doubt make your body feel better!

Who else follows the diet?

Celebrity fans include much of the Victoria’s Secret angels such as Lara Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who have been on the eating plan for a number of years. Although, you don’t have to be a supermodel to make the diet work for you! Actor Hugh Grant also follows Duigan’s easy steps to achieving a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.

Do you have to count calories?

Absolutely not. The Clean and Lean Diet is not only easy to follow, but it’s also really effective because there aren’t any major rules to abide by. If you do find yourself digging into a packet of chips, you can always salvage the rest of the day by eating something healthy, and engaging in one of your favourite sports.

One of the Clean and Lean fundamentals is that your past does not equal your future, and there is always another chance at a fresh start.

What does a sample eating plan look like?

Breakfast

Water with lemon and lime, bread with half an avocado, or poached eggs with asparagus

Lunch

Spinach and salmon omelette

Dinner

Spicy salsa chicken and avocado salad

Would you try The Clean and Lean Diet?

Image via Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Fans