The Eat-Clean Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 11, 2019

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The Eat-Clean Diet is a program based on the concept of regularly eating healthy meals, which was popularized through the Eat-Clean Diet books by Tosca Reno, a Canadian who is known for her healthy diets, reality television show called “Tosca: Flexing at 49”, and body building.

Eat-Clean Encourages Followers to Eat Foods from Macronutrient Groups

Typically, it is common among diet plans to eliminate one of the macronutrient groups:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats

Instead, with The Eat-Clean Diet, participants are encouraged to consume complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats in order to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar.

The claim is that by eating this healthy diet, the whole body becomes healthier and weight loss is a natural result. Nowhere in this plan is there the necessity to count calories or miss any meals. Instead, it concentrates on teaching the dieter to eat the right kinds of foods in the right balances with the promise that they will lose weight and experience an energy boost at the same time.

This Plan Encourages Eating of Unprocessed and Whole Foods

According to Reno, eating clean encourages a lifestyle approach of exercise and a diet plan that consists of unprocessed, whole foods, such as:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Lean Meats

Artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugars, saturated fat and trans fat should all be avoided. Reno Says: “We live in a chemical soup experiment. Processed foods have undermined our health, especially sugars, which are deadly anti-foods that have no place in our body.”

The Eat-Clean Diet plans range from 1,200 – 1,800 calories. On this plan, your daily diet is broken up into 5-6 small meals throughout the day. The reason, according to Reno, is that this helps to “fire up the metabolism, helps dieters practice portion control and avoid calorie counting.  

Eat-Clean Diet Pros

There are a number of advantages of the Eat-Clean Diet. Some of these include:

  • Boost in health living – Dieters are encouraged to eat a healthy lifestyle.
  • Easy to buy foods -This diet doesn’t necessitate the purchase of special products from certain brands or that must be purchased from a clinic or online.
  • Supported theories – There are medical studies and doctors that support the theories behind this study, which has been well researched (though not proven).
  • Great resources – The Eat-Clean Diet also offers a large number of resources in order to give support to its dieters. 

Eat-Clean Diet Cons

Not everything about this diet is great. Here are a few drawback to consider:

  • Slow weight loss progress – Unfortunately, if the goal of the individual following this diet is weight loss, they will only be disappointed with the slow rate at which the weight will come off. While it is a healthy weight loss and it is often continual, it is not at all at a rapid rate, which can be frustrating when that is the main desired outcome.
  • It’s not easy to stay committed – It can be a struggle for many people to stay on track as it requires serious long-term dedication to changing eating habits.
  • Long meal preparation process – The preparation of the meals for the Eat-Clean Diet can take a great deal longer than what many dieters are used to because it discourages the consumption of processed foods, so meals will need to be prepared in their entirety.
  • Clean eating can be taken too far – Although it makes sense that choosing to eat natural whole foods is better for you than eating unprocessed foods, research has found that some people who strive to eat clean can sometimes take it too far and become obsessive, which can lead to eating disorders.

The Eat-Clean Diet is simply a basic, healthy diet that has been given a specific structure so that it can be applied practically by people who have not incorporated these habits into their lives. While this diet does not make any claims to rapidly cure obesity, it does promise that the person using this diet will be consuming only healthy, well-balanced meals that will both satisfy and care for the body.

Prior to starting this or any restrictive diet that is different from one that you naturally consume, it is a good idea to run your plans by your doctor.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Wahyu October 29, 2011 at 2:58 am

Wonderful, I love it. I lost about 16 pounds on eating clean & if you fall from the plan, it’s so easy to pick it up again, It’s a life plan & such a natural path to eating and living. So I like it.


Bella February 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Wahyu, your review inspired me to give this a try after Christmas last year. Since the start of this year, I’ve lost 7 pounds! Thanks for the great recommendation!


Ken March 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

You’re certainly cleaned out when you’re done this! I think it helps to jump start a healthy diet and helps to get rid of all of the buildup and toxins in your system.


Karen March 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I don’t trust diets that have techniques that are this dramatic. It’s just not worth it to have to overhaul absolutely everything that you do for a very slow weight loss. If I am going to go through something this difficult, then I want it to have significant, fast results.


Bobby March 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

I wouldn’t recommend this if what you want is to lose weight because I don’t really think it’s what it’s designed to do.

What I like about the eat clean diet is that you feel like you’re being very healthy. Suddenly your food isn’t just about eating but it’s about doing something that is good for yourself and after a short while, you start to feel positive changes like more energy and better focus


Nick August 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

AKA the flavor free diet


Natasha October 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

I didn’t have this problem at all. I actually found that I learned how to add a much broader range of flavors and I discovered how to put herbs and spices to good use, instead of just fat, salt, and sugar. Actually, I think my taste buds may have changed since I did this diet because I’m also finding that I don’t need to add salt to things like veggies anymore. They just taste good on their own.


Janice October 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

How long did it take your taste buds to change? I’ve been trying this for a couple of weeks and everything tastes so bland. I can’t seem to get past it without putting salt on things, but I don’t want to do that because it’s bad for my sodium levels.


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