With the pressures of modern life and demands made by work, physical exercise and the prevention of disease, a lot is riding on the quality and nutrition of a healthy diet for men.
It is a well-known fact that the foods you eat are a lot more than body fuel to make it from bed to work and back. It is the building blocks with which we will form a strong and robust body and the medicine that will prevent us from the worst diseases.
Therefore, it is easy to point out the culpable parties contributing to the increased levels of National Obesity and the poor health it can cause. 3 out of 4 men in the US today are obese and it is fairly obvious that an extreme lack of exercise and unbalanced diets are largely to blame.
Understanding the need for a healthy diet for men, and the equally important need for a diet you enjoy and one that leaves you feeling satisfied, create a diet plan that satisfies three important needs you have as a robust active man preparing for a long and healthy life.
These needs are listed here in no order of importance:
What Guys Should Look for in a Diet
- Fuel for optimal physical and mental capacity: including the necessary vitamins, minerals and building blocks that support a strong and healthy body, boosting testosterone and increasing cognitive function.
- Preventative nutrients for Boosted Immunity: including the entire range of nutrition for warding off viral and microbial attacks as well as conditions of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer common to men.
- Enjoyable foods that are as fun to procure and prepare as they are to eat: if you limit your diet to choking down foods you particularly dislike, simply because they are the healthy choice, you won’t be getting a balanced diet. Furthermore, you won’t be able to tell if your diet is on the right track or not as so much input comes from listening to the body.
With the understanding that foods have a purpose, we will venture forth with some of the most important considerations you must keep in mind when planning a man’s diet.
These following pointers ring true for the young man in raging adolescence, a middle-aged warrior facing the toughest demands of their life or an older gentleman preparing for his golden years.
1. Go Natural — Avoid Processed Foods
There is no other way to say this, but natural foods interface better with the body’s natural energy and nutrient assimilation system.
Some will think you can hork down processed foods and then just swallow some supplements and fine, but this is terribly incorrect.
Natural foods keep the nutrient assimilation functions of the body in optimal condition, meaning nothing is wasted, stored or hanging around to muck up the balanced digestion.
Processed foods cause unnecessary wear and tear on the inner workings of the body and then supplements deliver vitamins and minerals in a very harsh and difficult to assimilate way.
Choosing natural foods for their nutritional value will open up a world of energy and improved food processing which will impact every aspect of your life for the better.
2. Stay Motivated For Fitness
Consider your daily diet one side of the balance and the physical and mental output you required from your body each day the weight on the other side.
The better you finetune your eating habits the more you can expect from yourself in your professional and physical pursuits.
If you are a man that plans on going places, you need to consider the logistics of how you will get there. Begin with the essential fuel intake, maximize its quality and get the refueling times and amounts perfect and you will be a force to be reckoned with.
Then begin maximizing your physical output.
Regular exercise (see our best workout tips for guys here) is one of the best ways to get the most from your nutrition and really build up an appetite for more.
The key to really enjoying what you eat is right here — regular exercise.
3. Are you Eating to Live or Living to Eat?
Believe me when I say once you learn to eat well and eat right the world is your oyster and it is full of the most delicious and nutritious foods to delight every palate, so tuck right in.
You will be living with yourself for some time (hopefully) so get to really know what you like and what you need.
A food journal is one of the best ways to get your eating habits down to a fine science and can be the key to curing any ailment you could possibly have.
Start simple, a notebook with dates and times, use a red pen to mark in how you are feeling and when you begin feeling hungry.
Take an observer’s approach for a few months and begin recording the details.
After you have a better idea of what your eating habits are and how they are working for you, talk to a professional who can provide you with some insights on how you can achieve your goals.
4. Find a Diet Designed for Men
If you’re looking for a program to follow, it can help to find a plan that has been designed with the unique needs of men in mind.
There are a few diets that meet these criteria, but my favorite is Nutrisystem Turbo for Men (read my review). There are a number of reasons that make it one of the best, including it’s affordable, the food tastes great, and it’s super easy to follow.
Either way, do your research, and find a diet or program that’s going to meet your needs and help you reach your weight loss goals.
A personalized diet is the only kind of diet for you. The truth is after you begin keeping a careful record of what you are eating, you will see many avenues for improvement simply from your new vantage point.
Simple research done online can show you what are the most important nutrients and foods are for your specific needs. Once you have committed to the natural food variety, your life can only get better from here.
Be sure you stay well-hydrated and minimize the unhealthy habits of smoking and alcohol consumption.
But, with a healthy nutritious diet and regular exercise your body will absorb these indulgences (in moderation) without going berserk.