Any guy who cares about his health already knows to purge the cupboard of refined carbohydrates and added sugars—your white breads, your Tropicanas. And yet many of us live with a rising dread that we are accidentally ingesting terrible things that we don’t even know are terrible, or that are more terrible than we’d allowed ourselves to believe. So we canvassed a panel of experts, from coaches to nutritionists, and asked them to pick one thing guys should cut out of their diet if they want to eat healthier and drop weight.
Abby Calcutt, registered dietitian/nutritionist and health-and-wellness coach (Boston)
"Cut out Arizona Iced Tea. It’s a nice example of a beverage loaded with more sugar than you need in a day, masked with the healthy and healthful label of’ ’iced tea.’ And while you’re at it, eat foods with more fiber in them: fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains."
Stacy Sims, Stanford Ercise Physiologist (San Francisco)
"If I had to choose one food thing, I would choose low/nonfat fruity Greek yogurts. There is such a buzz about Greek yogurt being so great for you, and it’s one of the fastest growing categories in the dairy aisle. But now it has gone overboard with pre-blended granola in it, dessert-like flavors (chocolate anyone?), the sugar content and additives have pushed all the goodness out of Greek yogurt."
Lori Zanini, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Los Angeles)
"Flavored coffee creamers! Most coffee creamers seem so innocent because they are added to our coffee in small amounts. What we usually don’t realize is that the majority of coffee creamers contain hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats that can actually harm our heart health by lowering our good cholesterol and increasing our bad cholesterol—while providing additional, empty calories. Since this is likely a daily habit, with multiple cups of coffee, the small amounts can add up to a big health risk. Skip the creamer and drink your coffee black to make your diet healthier today."
Chris Bennett, Nike+ Running Global Head Coach (New York City)
"Stop drinking soda. That includes diet soda, too! It hurts me to even say this, because I love soda. My personal preference is a classic, specifically Coca-Cola Classic. I’ll even tell you how I like it—in a red aluminum can, not a plastic bottle. Regardless, it’s the worst. But soda (any kind of soda) is the easiest thing to take out of your diet because it’s so easily replaceable. And the best part is that it’s replaceable with something extraordinary—water. I am not a big fan of people trying to live Spartan lifestyles, nor am I a believer in fad diets and crash weight-loss plans. But if guys knock soda out of their daily routine and just replace it with water, they will lose weight. They will have more energy. They will be better hydrated. They will recover better. They will look better. They will be doing less damage to their teeth, their bones, their liver, and their kidneys. They will simply be better.