When I was growing up we didn’t “Choose My Plate,” we had a food pyramid.
We also didn’t give out participation trophies to make kids feel good about themselves. (We did it so the trophy store could make a buck.)
The old school food pyramid was built around the bottom of bread, and the next level of fruits and vegetables. A little closer to the top was your meat and dairy levels. Then lastly was all of your “fats and sugar.”
Food Pyramid Problems
There was a huge problem with that. Americans were no smarter about their health after looking at this pyramid than they were before.
Here is the math:
If you followed the pyramid your diet might look like this:
- 6 slices of bread
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of corn (or cobs)
- 2 cups of chicken (whole chicken-pulled)
- 2 glasses of milk
This diet doesn’t seem to unhealthy right? The issue is this meal plan, if followed for one day, would equal 2,700 calories.
If I ate this I would lose weight, but I burn on average 3,700 calories a day. I am also active… and large (I weigh over 200 lbs).
My wife, on her most active days, only burns 2,300. She is also a lot smaller than I am (even though she is probably more active). With that being said, if we both went on the diet, I would lose weight and she would gain it.
My “Food Pyramid” of Greatness
Food only fuels you (caloric level) in 3 ways.
Don’t buy into the hype. This is the only thing that makes your body move.
Fat aids in brain function, and also tastes awesome. The drawback is, it contains 3 times the calories.
Carbs give you energy and also support hormone levels. Ever meet someone that lost weight on a low carb diet? I am sure. It is an easy way to lose weight, cut the carbs and your body uses stored fat for energy. Ever tried to live with someone on a low carb diet? It isn’t pleasant. Primal instinct kicks in and they want to tear you apart (because they want to eat you). This is because of wacky hormone levels.
Protein repairs your body. Do you remember that vegetarian bodybuilder? I don’t either because they don’t exist. If you sit around and do nothing. Don’t get exercise but want to stay skinny… you can skip the protein. I am sure you have seen the type… (you can find her working at your local library).
Your food pyramid should be built on protein. Because you should work your butt off every day, and need something to repair your body.
Meat and whey will get you your fat needs.
Next, add carbs. Complex. NOT SUGAR!
I wouldn’t count fiber toward my “carb” total either. Fiber is considered a carb, but for the most part it… well you know what it does. If you don’t grab some Fiber One bars and head to your nearest bathroom.
I have found the trick on carbs is to not eat too many, and if I feel weak, I pick up the pace a bit and eat some more.
If you do want a sample of my weight loss plan you can find it here.
Until next time