Articles on Food & Nutrition

Dieting: An Overview

Dieting: An Overview: Problems with Typical Diets Dieting works. Yes, that’s right. In fact most men on any type of diet lose 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight within the first six months. HOWEVER… dieting typically only works in the short-term. Most diets fail in the long-term. A vast majority of men who… Read more

Fish Nutrition: Is Fish the Healthiest Choice?

Fish Nutrition: Is Fish Always the Healthiest Choice? Fish is a great source of protein, with low amounts of saturated fat and high amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Indeed, certain species are nearly perfect health foods. American Heart Association Recommendations The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, especially fish high in omega-3 fats, at least… Read more

Popular Weight Loss Diets: Point System Diets

Diet Types: Point System Diets Point system diets, most notably Weight Watchers, assign every food a point value (higher equals more calories; lower equals less calories.) The goal is simply to stay under the number of points allocated each day. In the new Weight Watchers Point Plus program, calories still count toward points. However, foods… Read more

Popular Weight Loss Diets: Low Carb Diets

Diet Type: Low Carb Diets Low carb diets, most notably the Atkins diet, restrict or eliminate almost all carbohydrates in the primary phase of the diet and only gradually incorporate limited types and quantities of carbohydrates in subsequent phases. Pros: One of the major pitfalls of the average male diet is the overconsumption of sugars… Read more

Types of Vitamins

Types of Vitamins There are two types of vitamins: Fat soluble vitamins [vitamins A, D, E, K] Water soluble vitamins [vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), niacin, pantothenic acid, bioton, and folic acid among many others] Fat-Soluble Vitamins Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve and remain in the body’s fatty tissues. Fat-soluble vitamins should not… Read more

Popular Weight Loss Diets: Specific Ratio Diets

Diet Types: Specific Ratio Diets Specific ratio diets, most notably The Zone Diet, advocate eating foods in the precise ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat at every meal. Pros:  Similar to low carbohydrate diets, The Zone Diet teaches individuals to stay away from sugars (from sodas and pre-packaged baked goods) and refined… Read more

Daily Sodium Intake: How Much Is Too Much?

Daily Sodium Intake: How Much Is Too Much? Sodium, a component of table salt (sodium chloride), is an essential nutrient for the body. However, for certain individuals, consuming excess salt can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Several meta-analysis involving over 177,000 men and… Read more

Dieting and Body Types

Dieting and Body Types When beginning a diet plan, knowledge of one’s body type is an essential piece of information for setting realistic goals for dieting. Certain men, particularly endomorphs, will simply never achieve a chiseled six-pack. Below are descriptions and images of the three main body types. Set realistic weight loss goals based on… Read more

Vitamin Deficiency

Vitamin Deficiency Compared to women, men undergo a greater decrease in food intake over their lifespans.1 In fact, by their seventieth birthday most men consume nearly 1000 kcal to 1200 kcal less than they did during their period of peak consumption (typically late teens to early twenties).2 This decrease in food intake can lead to… Read more

Eggs and Cholesterol: Are Eggs Bad For Your Heart?

Eggs and Cholesterol: Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart? Many men, especially those concerned about heart disease, abstain from eating eggs because of the cholesterol found in egg yolks. Are eggs, indeed, bad for your heart? Eggs and Cholesterol A large egg contains approximately 185 mg of cholesterol, all of which is found in the… Read more