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by Anthony Yeung on October 19, 2013
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ConFITdent men need to eat healthy. Not only will eating healthy help you pack on muscle and shed fat, it’ll keep you feeling energetic, happy, and – well – confitdent! But there’s so much confusion when it comes to nutrition: what foods are good? Which ones are bad? Should I be taking supplements? Which ones?

For this roundtable, we gathered five of the smartest fitness experts out there to answer your burning questions on eating healthy. These guys have been there, done that, and coached thousands of people on designing a great diet and getting dudes ripped. Sit back, put that steak on that the grill, and enjoy the info!

If you have any questions and want more info, leave a comment and add to the discussion!

The Most Underrated Food For Eating Healthy Is _______?

Marc Perry

Kale.

Rob Sulaver

Fat.

Kyle Clarke

Steak, especially if your blood type is O+ like mine. I seriously crave red meat daily and studies show that it boosts the metabolism of O+ blood types. A lot of people are against red meat, but it seems to work wonders for me.

Sean Hyson

Anything with saturated fat. The witch hunt against it in the past 30 years is one of the worst wastes of time and resources I can think of. Studies don’t show it’s harmful and the healthiest people I know—and throughout history—have eaten it in abundance. Stop eating bread, pasta, and bagels and eat more whole eggs, grass-fed beef, and cheese. You’ll get leaner, stronger, and feel better.

Adam Copeland

The egg. It is a versatile source of nutrients, high quality fat, and protein.

The Most Overrated Food Is ________?

Rob Sulaver

Soy. Wheat thins. Cereal. Milk. I could go on.

Marc Perry

Soy.

Sean Hyson

Egg whites. There are very few times when a plate of just whites makes any sense. You’re not only wasting money by cutting out the yolk, you’re losing valuable nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. See my above answer on saturated fat.

Kyle Clarke

Egg whites! I heard of a guy that was eating 15 egg whites every morning. I just don’t see the point of it. I might have a dozen eggs in a week, but would never force-feed myself egg whites like that. I don’t know how healthy or unhealthy it is, but it just doesn’t even sound appetizing to me.

Adam Copeland

Whole wheat bread. Processed carbohydrates that pose as being healthy are never good.

Cheat Meals: Are You For Or Against Them?

Sean Hyson

For. There are many ways to cheat and the frequency varies, but no one can be expected to stay on a strict diet all the time. Cheating gives your mind a break and boosts the metabolism.

Marc Perry

I’m neither. Just do what works for you. I rarely do cheat meals as I simply don’t like how I feel after I have them. I would rather overeat on healthy foods then have garbage calories.

Rob Sulaver

Sparingly.

Kyle Clarke

I am 100% for them. In fact, I try to structure my eating plan to allow for normal behavior of eating. I HATE thinking “I’m on a diet” because all I can think about are all the things I’m not supposed to be eating. I prefer to make healthy choices at almost every meal and I only stick to strict diets when I’m preparing for something extremely important.

Adam Copeland

If cheat meals are timed appropriately and surrounded by a very clean diet, they can provide a much needed mental break and can accelerate gains.

When it comes down to it cheat meals though, they might not be for everybody. Know yourself, your nutritional triggers, and your ability to get back on track. It has to work for you.

Do You Think That Supplements Are Necessary?

Kyle Clarke

I believe that supplementation should be viewed as just that- A supplement to help you achieve your goals. I don’t believe that you have to take them to achieve a certain level of fitness, but at the same time, they exist for a reason and are a great way to reach your optimal abilities.

Marc Perry

I don’t like supplements in general, but so few people have a balanced diet with proper nutrients (around 3% according to one study I read) that a bioavailable multi-vitamin makes sense, or possibly a greens supplement. Other than that, I think supplements are massively overrated.

Sean Hyson

They’re probably not an absolute necessity but they can certainly help. I think everyone can benefit from whey protein and fish oil, regardless of their goals.

Rob Sulaver

Absolutely. Unequivocally. Yes.

Adam Copeland

To achieve peak condition while maintaining some semblance of a normal life, I do believe they are necessary. It is however very possible to be healthier, stronger, and leaner than the average trainee without supplements.

What Is The Smartest Snack To Stash In A Desk, Car, Or Dorm Room?

Adam Copeland

Nuts of any kind or combination. My favorite is almonds.

Marc Perry

An apple. Easy to carry, can stay good for several days, it tastes great, and it’s a whole food.

Sean Hyson

Beef jerky, almonds, or some other combination of protein and fat. It’s filling and won’t stop your body from burning fat.

Rob Sulaver

Buffalo meat. Or, for the more practically minded – nuts.

Kyle Clarke

I prefer almonds. They don’t taste too badly, they fill you up enough to get you to your next meal, and the nutritional facts of almonds are truly unbelievable.

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Anthony Yeung
Anthony J. Yeung, CSCS, is a fitness coach and writer featured at AskMen, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, LIVESTRONG, and the Art of Manliness. For the best musings on life and boba, visit his blog at www.anthonyjyeung.com.

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