Men’s Health has a pattern with its publications.  It periodically publishes smaller paperback Guides which can be found on the shelves of various bookstores and Drug Stores.  These are usually a compilation of information from the prior year, re-packaged to appear as if this is a new item.  It is, if you are not a subscriber.

Shortly after I started this entire process and stumbled upon TNT Diet, I found one of those books, entitled: Men’s Health Training Guide 2008.  It was published around the first of the year and has a notation to the retailer, “Display until April 15, 2008.”  I bought it because it had an “In a Nutshell” version of the TNT Diet, along with a compilation of exercises.  I have not looked at it in over two years.  Found it while we were doing our summer/winter clothing switch over.  Interesting.

Although the article is written by both Jeff and Adam, its aim is to not overwhelm the “guys” who pick this up, but to get them to buy the just published TNT book.  I have no problem with this type of marketing.  It is creative and necessary.

One interesting concept was put forth, which I believe, does not appear in the book.  In the section entitled “What to Eat” (during the Fat-Burning Time Zone) it states:

During this Time Zone, steer clear of foods containing more than 10 grams (g) of carbs per serving, particularly those made with flour or sugar (bread, pasta, rice, baked goods.)

And that got me thinking about the carb count in Plan A veggies.  We are told to indulge in veggies.  The authors would like us to eat 4-5 servings per day.  Two things must be acknowledged.  First:  This push on veggies is because so many “guys” just don’t follow their mother’s advice and eat their vegetables.  Second: A serving is not that big, one cup raw or one-half cup cooked.

So, what is the carb count of these vegetables?  I went to the USDA Database and spent more time than I should have, compiling a Plan A Veggies Chart.  I took the information from “one cup raw” unless they only listed a cooked version, then it was one-half cup serving. 

Interesting.  If you take an average of the carb count per serving of all veggies, you get about 5 grams per serving.  So 5 servings equal 25 grams of carbs.  If you net out the fiber – which this program does not tell you to do, but some nutritionists do, you actually get closer to 12-15 grams of effective carbs.  Not a hell of a lot.

Nota Bene:  I did include one or two veggies that are not Plan A.  This was for my own edification.  Always check back with the book for what is an approved vegetable.  Soy Beans are there because my wife likes to serve Edamame when we have company.

The only vegetable that is problematic – Onions.  With 14.94 grams per cup of chopped onion and only 2.7 grams of fiber.  End result – this is over that 10 gram rule of thumb per serving.  Why are onions a Plan A veggie?  Simple – How often do you eat a cup of chopped onions at one time.  More often than not, they are a condiment.  Except when they are cooked into an Onion Soup.  That is my down fall.  My wife makes a great Onion Soup.  So – we limit it to every now and then.

This knowledge is important.  It should not tie you into a knot but free you to do better planning.