The Best Diets for Men: Part 1

The Best Diets for Men: Part 1

It’s no secret that the majority of weight loss products, diets and tools are marketed towards women.  Historically it has been more acceptable for women to partake in these efforts, in large part due to societal acceptance, approval and encouragement.  Yet a gross rise in the overweight and obese populations has generated a much-needed focus on the other half of this health-critical equation: men.  Men and women gain, lose and manage weight differently.  And society and mainstream media continue to play a large part in the male journey to health, yet solutions targeted specifically for men can be hard to come by.  Here are some of the top options for male dieters:

The Abs Diet

Former Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health magazine, David Zinczenko, released his book titled “The Abs Diet” in 2006 and subsequent versions thereafter.  “The Abs Diet is built around 12 nutrient-packed foods thought to provide all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber you need to thrive, while also triggering lean muscle growth and helping the body burn fat.” (http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/abs-diet).  Foods needn’t only consist of the following 12 “Power Foods”, but the program requires that at least 2 be consumed for each meal (with a heightened emphasis placed on lean protein sources to stave off hunger and help build lean muscle):Men's Health

  1. Almonds & Nuts
  2. Beans & Legumes
  3. Spinach & Veggies
  4. Dairy
  5. Instant Oatmeal
  6. Eggs
  7. Turkey & Lean Meats
  8. Peanut Butter
  9. Olive Oil
  10. Whole Grains
  11. Extra-Protein (i.e. refined whey protein powder)
  12. Raspberries & Berries

In addition to the eating plan, this program requires 3 strength training sessions and 2 abdominal workouts per week.

Jenny Craig

Since the early 1980’s, Jenny Craig has been a highly popular female-focused diet program.  But in response to the increasing prevalence of obese and overweight men in America, the company introduced the Jenny Craig for Men program in recent years.  However, the male and female-focused programs are nearly identical, and although the company now has consultants trained to work specifically with men, the program lacks additional customization for its new audience.  Nevertheless, Jenny Craig has been internationally recognized as a successful program for continued weight loss.  “The Jenny Craig method is a three-level food-mind-body plan to help people lose weight and keep it off.” (http://www.webmd.com/diet/jenny-craig-what-it-is).  The program consists of eating pre-packaged portion and calorie-controlled meals, seeking support through trained telephone representatives and increasing activity levels, all while addressing the person as a whole and creating an overall healthier lifestyle.

The Men’s Health Diet

This is one of the few weight loss plans that are specifically targeted to male users.  Created by leading industry professionals and editors of the popular Men’s Health magazine, this approach boasts the secret to a hard, strong and lean male physique.  The plan accomplishes this through 7 primary strategies and offers a complete plan for men to lose up to 15 pounds in 6 weeks.  Loyal followers of this program applaud its focus on real life events, the best foods for men, and an overall enjoyable approach to health.  The 7 rules to follow include (http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/mens-health-diet?fullpage=true), also known as the “Rules of the Ripped”:

  1. Eating protein with every meal/snack
  2. Never skipping breakfast
  3. Eating before and after exercise
  4. Eat anything that grows on a tree
  5. Eat salad (even if it makes you feel girly)
  6. Do not drink sugared drinks
  7. Follow the “Rules of the Ripped” 80% of the time

Male-specific weight loss programs comprise a unique percentage of the market, but it’s clear that not all programs are created equal.  While this blog contains 3 of the most common, see Part 2 to learn about the other top programs for men.

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