When it comes to P90X and eating healthy, most people just don’t know what is considered healthy food and what isn’t. Clever marketing by the food industry has made things more confusing than ever. What you see below is Michi’s Ladder.
Michi’s Ladder is not a diet. It’s a simple substitution plan. You still want to make sure you’re taking in the proper ratio of protein/carbs/fats depending on what your goals are. To lose weight, try swapping the foods you eat for similar foods in tiers 1 and 2. The more you eat in tiers 1 and 2, the more you’ll increase your chances of losing weight.
There are some healthy foods in lower tiers, but they’re either calorie dense or nutrient deficient. To lose weight, you want to maximize the nutrients in every calorie you consume.
Note on frying: Foods should be eaten raw, steamed, grilled, poached, baked, or broiled. Frying automatically drops even the best foods into tier 5.