Mind-Blowing Weight Loss Tips For Men

There are countless online websites, magazines, and self-help books on losing weight and keep it off, but unfortunately, most of these programs and pointers are geared toward women not men. Statistics have shown that nearly 50% of American women are currently on a diet, as opposed to only 25% of American men.

It’s simply good business to aim toward a larger market. Additionally, a good portion of men’s weight loss programs are geared toward bodybuilders, athletes, and serious lifters – which leaves the regular guy out of luck.

Fortunately, we haven’t forgotten you, and we’ve asked experts to give us additional insight on weight loss tips for men, so you can start shedding those extra pounds.

Ditch the Keg, Get a Six-Pack

Stereotypically speaking, when men start packing on the pounds, they store it in the upper body, particularly in the abdominal area resulting in the ever famous “beer belly” (whereas women tend to store the fat in the hips and thighs).This fat is known as “intra-abdominal” or “visceral” fat, and research has shown that visceral fat is more metabolically active than subcutaneous fat (fat stored underneath the skin) – meaning that you’ll lose weight from this area faster than any other part on your body.

While this may provide good motivation for following through your new diet, having that extra fat clinging to your waistline is more hazardous to your health than subcutaneous fat. According to C.T. Montague, there is a definite link between “visceral adiposity [and] degenerative metabolic and vascular disease.” — So the sooner you ditch the beer belly, the better.

Read More: Lemonade Diet Examined.

More Protein Does Not Mean More Muscle

You may have seen plenty of bodybuilders chugging down protein shakes and eating raw meat like it was going out of style, but eating more protein does not guarantee that you’ll get bigger, stronger muscles unless you’re performing physical exercise alone with it. Protein is essential for repairing and rebuilding your muscles after exercise, but Mayo Clinic researchers suggest that only 10-35% of your daily calories should be from protein, or 200-700 calories if you’re on a 2000 calorie diet.

Even individuals who participate in strenuous physical activity and training do not need more than the recommended amount, though they’ll probably want to stay closer to the higher end of the scale, so don’t believe those weight loss tips you’ve been hearing in the locker room. The real muscle building secret is to work with what you got and exercise, exercise, exercise. Find a balance between strength training exercises (to build muscle) and cardio exercises (to reveal it).

Don’t Cut Your Calories Too Far

Far too many weight loss sites recommend that dieters cut their calories to about 1200 calories if they want to lose weight, what they don’t tell you is that this recommended calorie intake is for women, who tend to visit these sites more than men. 1,200 calories a day, for most men, is too low, triggering a defense mechanism in the body to prevent starvation, resulting in a slower metabolism and a difficult time losing weight.

Men have more testosterone than women, which also means that they tend to have more muscle mass and a higher metabolic rate. On average, men should probably aim for a minimum of 1500 calories (or more if accompanied by extensive exercise.)

Additional Weight Loss Tips for Men

  • Weigh Yourself Daily.
  • Drink Plenty of Water.
  • Don’t Shop When You’re Hungry.
  • Know the Difference Between Hunger and Boredom.
  • Add a Weight Loss Supplement To Your Diet.

Lemonade Diet – Is It Worth To Try?

The Lemonade Diet is part of the Master Cleanse Detoxification Program conceptualized by a naturopath called Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s. Surprisingly, the diet continues to be popular today, with claims that celebrities like Beyonce and Denzel Washington use it for rapid weight loss and detoxification. In theory, the diet is supposed to dissolve and rid the body of toxins that accumulate due to improper eating and exercise habits, stress, and negative attitudes.

It claims to result in weight loss of two pounds a day, which in itself is interesting on a number of levels. To being with, we have discussed many times already how such rapid weight loss is, without a doubt, too demanding to be healthy for the body.

Since this diet is marketed as being a health booster more so than a fat reducer, one would think that it would try to promote a healthy weight loss rate. Secondly, research shows that the bulk of such rapid weight loss would be water and tissue loss, rather than fat.

The diet is essentially a fast. Dieters are allowed sixty ounces of spring water a day, spread over six to eight glasses. To this, twelve tablespoons of maple syrup, twelve tablespoons of lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper are added. Needless to say, the diet is only recommended for a few days at a time, and one must ease back into eating solid food very gently after partaking of the diet. People who rushed this phase have complained of considerable stomach upset and general malaise.

The diet phase itself puts very little in the way of nutrition into the body, and is very difficult to stick to since hunger and low blood sugar cause a number of distressing symptoms, such as headache, nausea, irritability and depression. One is also depriving oneself of protein, fats and just about every essential vitamin and mineral for an extended period of time, making the diet a dangerous one.

It is not suitable for anyone with special nutritional needs, such as women who are pregnant or nursing, or people with chronic diseases. Exercising would also be a dangerous move while on a liquid fast, so it is hard to see why the diet would claim to address the needs of people who have poor exercising habits.

Another caveat of the diet is that there is really no medical proof that fasts of this kind rid the body of toxins, if that is your main aim in following it. Perhaps the tissue destruction associated with starving oneself does release stored toxins into the bloodstream for elimination, but would this not be a rather dangerous tradeoff?

Simply speaking, this diet is not recommended for anyone who is looking for a long-term solution to their weight loss problems. It is not even safe in the short-term, nor is it very effective. The book itself acknowledges that once the dieter resumes eating, at least half of the weight lost will be regained since it was only water loss in the first place. The Lemonade Diet is not really much of a diet at all.