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The Truth About Abs
by Mike Geary, Best-Selling Fitness Author

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QUICK NUTRITION QUIZ - How do your breakfast and lunch food choices stand up to the test??

Which is a healthier meal choice for breakfast?

  • Meal #1: a low-fat blueberry muffin and an orange juice

  • Meal #2: a cheese and veggie omelet with chicken sausage and a half of a grapefruit

  • Meal #2 is the winner by a landslide!

    First of all, Meal #1 is about 95% carbohydrates; and quick digesting, insulin spiking carbs at that. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against carbs in general, and I have a whole lot against all of the extreme low-carb fad diets that eliminate entire food groups.

    Meal #1 is bad because you need to strike a much better balance of carbs, protein, and fats. And there is NOTHING remotely healthy about a low-fat blueberry muffin! Usually, they are made mostly of sugar and refined wheat flour (which breaks down just as fast as sugar in your body). It's just junk food labeled as "low fat". And low-fat doesn't mean healthy.

    Meal #1 will be sure to promote fat storage via the insulin surge you would get from this meal, and would also leave you starving again about an hour later.

    Meal #2, on the other hand, provides a huge diversity of vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients, as well as an excellent balance of quality protein, healthy carbs, and necessary fats to keep your appetite satisfied and body and mind functioning properly. Also, don't forget that whole eggs are healthier than egg whites!

    Which is a healthier meal choice for lunch?

  • Meal #1: a tossed salad with breaded chicken breast

  • Meal #2: a roast beef and swiss sandwich with tomato on whole grain bread

  • At first glance, it might seem to be a toss up. The seemingly healthy word “salad” might ...    Continue

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    @ 12:26pm ET on July 26, 2010 I am so glad you have posted this! I think people make huge mistakes by buying 'diet' products. They may be lower in calorie but have little nutritional value. Really they are doing very little to help their body transition to a healthier state! Whole, real foods is the way to go!!
    Keep giving us this info - it is soooooo important!
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