Posted by: 4pack | August 24, 2009

“Ideal Diet” Book Review: “The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle And Live Like A Champion” Stresses The Need To Eat ” Unprocessed Whole Foods” And Increase Protein In Diet

Tony Gonzalez' diet consists mostly of fish, beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and chicken a few times a week.

Tony Gonzalez' diet consists mostly of fish, beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and chicken a few times a week.


Gonzalez is all over that, too, with his book released last week, “The All-Pro Diet.” It’s the perfect Labor Day gift for anyone seeking the physique of a “300” extra or a few new recipe uses for hemp milk.

Gonzalez is 33 now and got serious about his food a couple years ago. The result, he said, has been “a little bit extra energy and little better recovery than others” – just the kind of edge needed by a guy 10 Pro Bowls deep into a career.

Gonzalez experimented with being a strict vegan, but discovered he couldn’t fight off clingy linebackers with just carrot sticks. His diet required a little tweak, a protein boost, which wasn’t great news within the fish and fowl communities.

He may shoot a disapproving look at a teammate who loads up on pizza and cheesesteak, especially the night before a game. But he says he tries to keep his zeal on a leash: “I’m not the food police, I went through that stage.”

Particularly dedicated carnivores, football players are among the most resistant to Gonzalez’s message. As one of his training camp roommates, receiver Brian Finneran, vowed, “I like my filet mignon, my cowboy ribeyes. He’s not going to convert me.”

So you aren’t really looking for nutritional advice either? Let’s say you need another kind of food intervention.

Gonzalez has that covered. He can Heimlich like a pro.

It happened last July, in a restaurant near his home in Huntington Beach, Calif. A man – a San Diego fan, no less – began choking on a piece of steak and turning a bad shade of Chargers blue. Everyone froze, except the tall, hero-looking fella. Gonzalez bear-hugged the struggling diner, out popped the killer meat and everyone lived happily ever after.

Of course, none of it would have happened if the guy had ordered the black bean burger.

(From Barnes & Noble) For years, professional football player Tony Gonzalez fueled his game-day performances and workouts with a host of popular (and unhealthy) foods like burgers with bacon and cheese, deep-fried chicken wings, shrimp drenched in butter, and steak at least three times a week. When you’re constantly active dodging tackles, sprinting for touchdowns, or in the gym training nearly every day, it doesn’t matter what you eat if you are just going to burn it all off anyway, right? Wrong. What Tony Gonzalez has discovered over the course of his NFL career is that the food choices he makes have a tremendous impact on his performance, energy levels, and long-term health. Faced with a soaring risk for high blood pressure caused, in part, by a subpar diet, Gonzalez overhauled his eating plan and learned how to properly fuel his body with the right foods. The result was a diet that caused a dramatic improvement in his performance on the field and the way he felt off it. By shifting the balance of his diet more toward plant-based and unprocessed foods, Gonzalez has displayed turbocharged strength, stamina, and energy that have made fans, other athletes, and the media sit up and take notice. Now in The All-Pro Diet, with the help of renowned nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, Gonzalez shares the philosophy and strategies that will help you gain the same strength, stamina, and energy of a pro. Packed with delicious recipes, simple strategies for adhering to your new diet, and the muscle-building exercises the pros use to beat out the competition, The All-Pro Diet is the ultimate guide to fueling your body for optimal performance.



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