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LOL - Men's Health Crap

I got this email from Men’s Health with “recommended foods for the office”

Personally, I wouldn’t eat any of this shite. Personally, I think that Rodale is getting kickbacks from Kraft and other processed-food manufacurers.

(Everyone loves a conspiracy-theory)

[quote]Men’sHealth wrote:
Best Work Foods

Best Breakfast to Eat over Your Keyboard
Chex Morning Mix
We like the cinnamon mix; it has almonds, cranberries, and raisins.

Per pouch: 130 calories, 2 g protein, 24 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 1 g fiber

Best Stashable Drink
Horizon Organic Reduced Fat chocolate milk
Spoil-proof moo.

Per 8 ounces: 180 calories, 8 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 4.5 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 0 g fiber

Best Instant Soup
Nile Spice Red Beans & Rice
A low-fat, high-fiber, Louisiana-style soup.

Per cup: 170 calories, 10 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0 g sat. fat), 10 g fiber

Best Snack Bag
Seneca Crispy Cinnamon sweet-potato chips
Seven chips has your recommended daily intake of beta-carotene.

Per ounce: 150 calories, 1 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 4 g fiber

Best Dried Fruit
Blackbird Food Co. Fruit Crunchies Almost all the nutrients of fresh fruit, but without the hassle.

Per cup: 100 calories, 2 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0 g sat. fat), 2 g fiber

Best High-Energy Snack
PowerBar Energy Bites
The whole oats, soy protein, and glucose will carry you to quitting time.

Per bag of peanut-butter bites: 210 calories, 8 g protein, 32 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 1 g fiber

Best Fruit Cup
Dole Fruit Bowls sliced peaches
More of what we want–peaches–and less of what we don’t-sugary syrup.

Per cup: 120 calories, less than 1 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber

Best Hard Candy
Creme Savers Sugar Free
The same flavor as regular Creme Savers.

Per 5 candies: 45 calories, 0 g protein, 13 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 g fiber

Best Chocolate Bar
Dove dark
Contains levels of disease-fighting flavonoids similar to those of chocolate used in studies.

Per 1.3-ounce bar: 200 calories, 2 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 12 g fat (7 g sat. fat), 2 g fiber

Best Microwavable Soup Cups
Not quite dinner, but enough to hold you over.

Beef: Chef Boyardee beef stew
Per container: 150 calories, 8 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 2 g fiber

Chicken: Dinty Moore chicken and dumplings
Per container: 200 calories, 12 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (2 g sat. fat), 1 g fiber

Best Meal for When You’re Working Late
Dinty Moore American Classics roast beef and gravy with mashed potatoes
Shelf-stable meat that tastes better than it sounds.

Per package: 240 calories, 24 g protein, 24 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat 2 g sat. fat), 2 g fiber

Best Instant Macaroni and Cheese
Kraft Easy Mac Original
The bachelor staple made nukable.

Per pouch: 250 calories, 7 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat (2.5 g sat. fat), less than 1 g fiber

Best Yogurts
You can go low-cal (Dannon) or extra fruit (Stonyfield). Either way, store a few in the office fridge.

Low-Sugar: Dannon Light 'n Fit
Per 6 ounces: 90 calories, 6 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber

Regular: Stonyfield Farm Organic
Per 8 ounces: 150 calories, 8 g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, less than 1 g fiber


(Homer Simpson voice)
“hmmm, nukable Mac and Cheese…(drool)”

Meh, I suppose you just have to look at their audience- I don’t think the average T-Nation reader is their primary target. I imagine many of these foods are better than what much of their readers are eating.

Heh, truth be told, I started out with Men’s Health, and still read it. That road lead me here, so perhaps there is hope for others.

I’m assuming this is one of those Abs Diet E-Mail dealies; any comments on that diet? I think the “Power Foods” (or whatever they are calling it) list is none too shabby.

Now, bring on the print version of T-Nation.


Agreed. I think the audience for that article is the average guy who would be eating McDonalds.

Yes, I still have a multi-year subscription to Men’s Health. It’s one of the best Mens magazines. But the diet and exercise generally isn’t intended for a T-Nation type reader.

As someone else said, Men’s Health started me on a path that eventually lead here for me too, so I can’t pick on them too much.

If it wasn’t for Men’s health type mags I think alot of people wouldn’t end up on sites like this.

I seriously doubt that anyone here who eats 90% clean and has a well designed training routine started out that way. A slow progression is more likely.

Some things on that diet are very good for you. Other things are crap. You have to be wise in choosing!

Not to get off topic here. But I actually found T-Nation rather quickly when I began my quest to leaness a few years ago. I came across the Muscle Media 2000 website right away, which somehow lead me here.

I kinda fell off the wagon shortly after, didn’t really get it I guess. But I came back about 6 months ago, and I think I found home. I also found my way on to JB’s site and read some stuff(kinda funny, I read one of his arcticles on “cheat meals” and thought he was a complete dumbass, again, I didn’t get it yet). But I was really intrigued about this post-workout nutrition(which, at the time I drank EAS Myoplex after my workout, I had no comprehention of PWO nutrition at the time, I just “did it”)and saw the link to Surge which brought me back here, again.

Here’s the Weston Price Foundation’s take on Men’s Health, it seems to concur with Strongman’s opinion:


While I agree that Men’s Health is far from the best, it’s better than most magazines on the market.

I mean, come on, it recommends full range deadlifts and squats! Last time I saw an Ironman magazine, it talked about partials for the best growth effect??? So it’s pretty good in that respect.

-Plus they featured advice from Dave Tate and Jim Wendler of Elitefts.com. Yeah.