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Food Pyramids


Remember this Food Pyramid? This will make you FAT! Print it out, rip it up, and throw it in the trash where it belongs! If your Personal Trainer tells you to eat like this, you need to find a new Personal Trainer.

Chicago Fitness Trainers say don't use this food pyramid

Let's start with the old government food pyramid. It was a decent start, but it was so heavily influenced by the farmer's lobby that it is way too loaded in favor of carbohydrates. Farmers grow lots of wheat, corn, and beans, so they pressured (bribed) their legislators to make sure that the food pyramid called for us to eat lots of these things. Even the USDA admits now that this food pyramid is not the best, so they re-did it. Im typical government fashion this is what they came up with:

New Government Food Pyramid

I have yet to meet anyone who can make much sense of that!

Remember Dr Atkins? He told us to eat almost no carbohydrates. He was attacked by many, adored by others. As usual, the truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Dr. Atkins had a point, but went too far with it, and also made the huge mistake of lumping most carbohydrates together in the same prohibited group. That's just plain wrong. Sugar doesn't affect your body the same way peanuts or navy beans do.

Here is a much better pyramid developed by doctors at Harvard University Medical School:

This food pyramid is recommended by Chicago Fitness Trainers

We Like this food pyramid much better, but still think it has problems. Oils are on the bottom?! As world reknown Personal Trainer Phil Kaplan says "Fat is probably not the best thing to eat all the time if you're trying to lose fat."