Do's and Don'ts of Dieting
by Anthony Catanzaro

Throughout my fitness career, I have been bombarded
with questions about dieting. What is the best way to lose
weight? How do I get rid of my gut? Is the Atkins diet
good? Should I eat carbs at all? Should I just eat once a
day? And a host of other questions.

Well here it is so get ready, because what you are about to
read, will answer all of your questions!

First of all, dieting is the best way to get sick. YES get
sick! When you deprive yourself of certain foods, and
starve yourself, you weaken your immune system, and when
that happens, you become sick. DO NOT DIET instead, EAT
HEALTHY! I will explain:

When you eat, your body uses the food you have just eaten,
to live. Your body breaks down the foods into minerals and
nutrients, which feed the muscles, skin, brain, and organs
in your body. Even your bones! So now think about it, how
confident would you feel if your body ran on Hot Dogs and
other junk foods? That~s why learning about what foods are
healthy and which are just empty calories is very
important. Like I have stated many times, eating four meals
a day is perfect: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and one last
meal before bedtime.

The first and most important food in life is Protein.
Foods that are rich in protein are: Chicken, Turkey, Fish
and Beef. I know all of you vegetarians out there are
saying, "Well then what am I supposed to eat?"
You can substitute protein with: Tofu, Beans & Protein
Shakes. Your body is made up of protein, this is why it is
so important!

The second most important food is carbohydrates. Without
them, your brain will shut down from lack of oxygen. As I
always say, God has given us everything we need in this
world to survive. That~s why everything that grows from
the ground is healthy to eat. Carbohydrates come from the
ground. That~s why the Atkins diet is useless!
Healthy Carbs are Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes, and
Whole Grain Breads.

The third most important food is Healthy Fat. I know you
are saying "How can fat be healthy?" Well it is, and
without it, you would not be around to read this. There
are two kinds of fat that we eat. One is Saturated (Bad),
and the other is Unsaturated (Good). When you eat Hot
Dogs, Bacon, Mayo & Butter, they contain saturated fat,
which in time, will clog up your arteries, and give you
that heart attack or stroke that you have been wanting to
avoid! Eat only good fat like Olive Oils, Nuts, and
Seeds. Again, food from the earth brings life!

The fourth most important food is the last but certainly
not the least, is Fiber. This is what the body needs to
cleanse itself. When you eat foods that are rich in fiber,
your body is more efficiently able to dispose of waste.
Also, by consuming fiber, your body feels full and
satisfied so that you do not have any cravings. Oatmeal is
my miracle food. I eat a bowl twice a day! Fruits like:
Apples, Pears and all green vegetables contain fiber. So
eat it, its good for you!

So how do I put all of these together? I'll show you how.
When you sit down to eat, look at your plate, it should
contain 50% protein, 25% carbohydrates, and 25% fat and
fiber and that~s that!

Eat four meals like this a day, and you will be on your way
to a healthier you!