Mike Levinson is a former amateur bodybuilding champion and registered dietitian who holds dual degrees in sports nutrition and physical education. He has worked extensively as a nutritionist with the California Angels baseball team and with famous athletes such as Charles Oakley, JT Snow and Sean Rooks. He also worked as a nutritionist for the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders.

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No-Nonsense Weight Loss

by Mike Levinson, Fitness Expert
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We all hear about fiber and how good it's supposed to be. Well let me tell you about fiber and why I recommend eating at least 30 grams a day.

Confused by fiber? You're not alone. Most people are.

Fiber is the undigested form of carbohydrates; it adds bulk to your diet. But you don't have to know all the ins and outs of fiber to get the benefits from it. When you eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, you usually get most of the fiber you need.

And that means you'll also be lowering your risk of diabetes, heart disease and constipation.

Officially, fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest. Great sources are whole fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and breakfast cereals, and beans.

Fruit juices and vegetable juices are NOT good sources of fiber.

Fiber basically makes you feel full and keeps you full for a longer period of time which means you don’t eat as much. Fiber does not have calories so diets high in fiber tend to be low in calories.

I recommend to all my clients to eat at least 8 grams of fiber for breakfast, 8 grams of fiber for lunch and 8 to 10 grams of fiber for dinner. I also recommend snacking on fiber foods throughout the day and shoot for a goal of 3 to 5 grams of fiber per snack time.

A good breakfast item with lots of fiber is whole unprocessed oatmeal... not that instant stuff, YUCK!! ...    Continue

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