When it comes to losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, some men are successful in their goals, while others are making mistakes that are unfavorable to their diet and health regime.
The following are a couple of mistakes men make and how to avoid them:
- Thinking exercise is just enough
Most men eat a lot of unhealthy food and then think that just by working out a bit harder than usual, they will burn the excess fat and calories gained from said unhealthy food.
With weight-loss, the importance of exercise is a mere 15-20% and the importance of what you eat is 80-85%, meaning it is more important what you eat, rather than how much weights you lift.
Solution: You do need to be active in order to lose weight and maintain it. Just don’t count on exercise alone to cover for your excess intake of calories.
Train about 30-45 minutes and be careful about the amount of sets and reps you make. Remember, more sets or reps will not slim you down faster. Consistent and patient work will.
- Skipping meals
Another big mistake men make is skipping meals in order to slim themselves down. This is a very bad idea, as with fewer meals the metabolism slows down and begins to store fat instead.
Reducing calorie intake will result in losing weight, but if you severely limit your calorie intake you will also not get enough nutrients to keep your body healthy.
Solution: Do not skip meals. Have three main course meals and two or three snack meals. Do not skip on carbohydrates as well and mix your plate with a sufficient amount of protein.
Above all, eat moderate sized portions per serving. Especially protein, as the body can digest about 25-30 grams of protein per meal. Anything over that amount and the body will store it and convert it to glucose and then fat.
Plan your meals and make sure to eat every 3-4 hours. That way you give the stomach enough time to properly digest and distribute the nutrition from the food you have eaten.
- Liquid calories
Men also don’t pay much attention to what they drink as well.
Beverages play an important role as much as food does.
Liquid calories can add up very quickly and destroy all your hard work if you are not careful enough.
Solution: Avoid sugary drinks.
That means soda, teas, juices and alcohol, as they are high caloric drinks.
Save them for more special events and when you drink, drink them in moderation.
Drink a lot of water during the day and at least 30 minutes before each meal and at least 1 hour after every meal.
Not only will you be properly hydrated, but water will actually aid in digestion and will help break down the food, so that your body can absorb the nutrients.