Nutrition for Men

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When it comes to men’s nutrition, it is not constantly talked about. Nutrition for men is just as important as it is for anyone else. As we get older we have to change our nutrition plans to fit our new lifestyles. We are less likely to hit the gym like we did in our early twenties, and even in our late twenties and early thirties we need to consider what we can do to change our nutrition plans. There are many things that contribute to good nutrition. Here are just a few things to consider when it comes to your nutrition.

Invest in Your Health

By creating a variety in your diet, you will find that it is a key to getting the best nutrition. There is a difference between a good and bad diet, but not necessarily between good and bad foods. Obviously processed brownie snacks aren’t as great for you as a bag of carrots, but a diet truly depends on what you choose to eat. If you are willing to change your diet, you will be able to get the best nutrition possible. This can lead to better health and more energy through the years. Try to eat a good variety of foods including:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Bread, rice, pasta
  • Low fat dairy products
  • Lean meats, fish, poultry
  • An occasional treat

By sticking to these categories, which are very similar to a food pyramid, and eating your meals proportioned, you will see a great change in your diet as you are getting the right amount of nutrition. There are many options out there, but this one of the most basic ones so that you get onto the path of healthy living and a long life.

What Should You Eat?

You should always eat breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all. This can help to fight cravings throughout the day and give you enough energy to get through your day, at least until lunchtime. So, what should you be eating? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wholegrain muffins
  • Fruit
  • Fruit salad
  • Wheat based breakfast cereals (these tend to be less sugary than other cereals)
  • Bananas smoothies
  • Oatmeal with fruit
  • Boiled eggs
  • And much more

These foods will help you to get a jump start on your day, but what should you eat around lunch time?

  • man eating good burger in restaurantRoast beef on whole wheat bread
  • Tortilla wrap with turkey or chicken
  • Sushi
  • Soups, especially soups like minestrone
  • Pasta with pesto or other light sauces
  • Pita bread with anything

Looking for a late afternoon snack to get you from lunch to dinner? Here are a few ideas:

  • Fruit salad
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Steamed vegetables
  • And many others

Snacks don’t necessarily have to be much, but small things can be just enough to get you through the day. Make sure that these snacks are high in protein, fiber, or both. When it finally comes to dinner time, here are a few more ideas:

  • Chicken and vegetables
  • Lean beef with steamed vegetables
  • Fish and cous cous
  • And many other options

When it comes to dinners, just about anything with a healthy protein is good for you. Make sure that you are using correct proportions of food so that you are not overeating through the day.

It is very good to eat multiple times a day as this will keep your metabolism going. Make sure that you are eating at regular times in the day as eating very early or very late is bad for your metabolism. When eating either very early or very late, your body has a harder time digesting the food. Even though we do burn calories in our sleep, we do not need to add extra calories late at night as our bodies won’t process the foods as well.

Fitness

Make sure that you are adding exercise into your new routine. It is very important because even if you are getting the right amount of nutrition, exercise is just another way to keep yourself healthy. Sometimes physical activity can be a battle. We all seem to loss track of time and can’t work the gym into our schedule. This doesn’t mean that we can’t still be active. Adding small exercises into your day can greatly benefit you. Here are just a few reasons why it is so beneficial:

  • man doing squats with weights in gymBurns body fat
  • Reduces stress
  • Controls your cholesterol levels
  • Helps your heart
  • Creates feel good chemicals
  • And much more

By adding small exercises into your everyday routine, you will find yourself happier and healthier. If you can take 30 minutes of your day to exercise you will see results sooner rather than later. Remember it only takes about 20 days or so to create a long lasting habit. If you can make it through your first month of adding exercises into your every day routine, you will be addicted to exercising.

Make sure that you are adding cardio to your routine. Yes, we all hate cardio, but it exists for a reason. It can help you to lose extra weight and help to strengthen your heart and lungs. The stronger your heart and lungs are the more likely you will be spending more time in the gym. Your exercises will become easier and easier as you do more cardio and spend more time working out.

Healthy Heart

Your heart health is very important. Here are ten tips to help you keep a healthy heart.

  • Quit smoking, or don’t start at all.
  • Keep control of your weight.
  • Drink less alcohol.
  • Manage your stress.
  • Try to be active for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Check your blood pressure.
  • Get regular checkups.
  • Get your cholesterol checked.
  • Enjoy a healthy diet.
  • Limit saturated foods, like fast food.

It is very easy to change your diet so that you can have a healthy heart. It is also very easy to do these ten things so that you can make sure that your heart stays healthy. A healthy heart will lead to a longer life.