When I first read one of Tosca Reno’s books about clean eating, it got my attention right away. One line still sticks in my mind to this day – What do they put in a Twinkie that prevents it from breaking down in a garbage dump? That was enough to get me to stop eating foods with preservatives. And Tosca’s new book, The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged: Lasting Fat Loss That’s Better than Ever, is filled with more valuable information about eating clean and lots of new recipes, including this one for Asian Noodle Bowls. She talked to FatFighterTV about how clean foods can boost your metabolism and why she is so strongly against sugar.
FFTV: Is it really possible to eat more food and lose more fat?
Tosca Reno: I myself was extremely skeptical when that issue was challenged to me in order to lose my own weight. The backbone of eating clean are lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. When you eat those together six times a day, you’re eating more food, but you’re giving your body that ideal fuel it just burns up with no residue whatsoever. This is what helps you not only supercharge your metabolism, but gets rid of the waste. When you’re eating processed foods, you’re always eating a lot of questionables – probably an unhealthy dose of sugar, too much salt, preservatives, chemicals, toxins, poisons, and those questionable elements are what keep the weight on. When you’re eating pure clean food, you know that an apple is an apple is an apple – it goes in, comes out, burns up, that’s it.
FFTV: How does eating clean foods affect your metabolism?
TR: When you’re eating clean foods, your body is taking every ounce of nutrition out of that lean chicken breast or that bowl of oatmeal and putting it to good work in the body, not only to run bodily function, but to fight disease, to build lean muscle tissue, to keep your brain functioning, to keep the entire body running. It’s like when you put dirty gas in a car – your car just doesn’t run as clean. When you put clean fuel in, it runs like a sports car – it runs fast and at a higher pace. When you’re eating more frequently and you’re eating the right kinds of foods for the human body, your metabolism – the body’s own natural mechanism for burning weight – is running all the time and it’s getting that clean fuel that basically gets incinerated and put to good use.
FFTV: Is it okay to have a little bit of sugar?
TR: Sugar is a white poison. To me, it is like the other addictive white powders out there – heroin and cocaine. It gives you a high, it’s wonderful, you crash, you burn, and it leaves you wanting for more. The only trouble with sugar is it’s not illegal. In my opinion, I think it ought to be because I don’t think there’s any ingredient that has caused so much damage to the human race, as far as health goes. When you start eating clean, you begin to realize, ‘Oh, I don’t really need that sugar. I don’t crave it as much as I used to.’ This is definitely what’s happened to me, but I know it’s happened to so many thousands of others who’ve found the same thing.
FFTV: But, ummm… I still like to enjoy a nice piece of chocolate…
TR: Ah, you see Sahar, there’s the wisdom of it because suddenly that piece of chocolate that you’ve not eaten every day, and perhaps not eaten even hourly, it suddenly has the taste it’s supposed to have again. And you will realize that in a piece of dark chocolate, which is what I encourage – 75% or better – that the natural sugars in there are all you need to taste and you don’t need to throw sugar on top of it. The palate just becomes more intelligent and more sensitive to sugar and I find things just taste so much better.
Honestly, it’s been like that for me – I don’t crave sugar like I used to at all since I’ve been eating clean-er. I do still enjoy good chocolate, which lately has been dark chocolate, but I’m still at about the 50% dark level. 😉
Want to learn more about clean eating? We’ve got one copy of Tosca’s new book, The Eat Clean Diet Recharged: Lasting Fat Loss That’s Better than Ever, up for grabs this week.
To enter for a chance to win, just head down to the comments and tell me what you do to eat cleaner. Have you ditched foods with preservatives? Given up sugar or artificial sweeteners? Given processed foods the heave-ho? Do tell!
See you in the comments!
Contest runs through midnight EST this Friday, February 26, you have to have a U.S. mailing address to enter, and we will use random.org to pick the winner.