Being healthy should be your top priority, but don’t feel bad if you have neglected your
health in recent years. The first step to becoming a healthier man is to focus on what
you are eating.
This not only helps you manage your weight, but can increase your muscle-building potential, and help with overall wellness. Here are some diet tips to keep in mind.
Fill Up on the Right Stuff
When you are choosing what to eat for your next meal or snack, focus on the highest
nutrients possible. Sure, you could eat a donut for breakfast and burn it off without too
many issues, but it won’t sustain you and it provides practically zero vitamins and
When you choose your meals, change your mindset to think about fueling your body and taking care of it. Fill up on healthy, whole, fresh, organic foods, and you will feel so much better.
Also, getting your daily dose of water each day helps to make everything run smoother and help get rid of toxins. As a very general rule, while women should drink at least 9 cups of water, men should get about 12 cups. However, much also depends on your size, weight and type of activities. And no, coffee or tea does not count.
Get Adequate Iron and Protein
Speaking of nutrients, you do want a nice balance of various vitamins and minerals.
This includes iron and protein. Even though the talk has been about women needing iron, men also need a certain amount.
These nutrients can be found in many healthy foods, including milk, nuts and
seeds, meat, and lots of veggies, such as spinach, peas and asparagus. As long as you eat a balanced diet, you should be getting enough of these nutrients, but you might want to track your food for a while just to be sure.
Don’t Forget the Healthy Fats
Fats are not bad for you! Certain fats are not ideal, like vegetable oil and margarine, but
you should still have fat in your diet. Healthy fats will fill you up and keep up your energy
for workouts and other daily responsibilities. Try healthy fats like coconut oil, hemp seed oil, eggs, cheese, chia and flax seeds, and yes – butter! But always go for real, grass-fed butter before anything processed like margarine. When looking for fats, avoid anything that states “low fat”, “light” or “reduced fat”, as they may have other additives to compensate for taste.
Healthy fats will help you feel full and satiated. So don’t skip this!
Eat Enough to Sustain You
A big problem with men who are looking to get cut, build muscle, or lose weight is that
they don’t eat enough. This same problem occurs with women. You need to get past the
diet mentality and really focus on nourishing your body. Don’t reduce how much you
eat, but rather change what you eat. Fill up on quality food, and stop eating when you
are full. Stop depriving yourself, or you will also be depriving your muscles.