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Top 5 Recommended Diets for Men

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author image Adam Fonseca
Adam Fonseca has been a writer and blogger since 2005. He maintains a number of different blogs on a variety of subjects ranging from health care to golf. Fonseca has a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and degrees in health science and psychology from Bradley University.
Top 5 Recommended Diets for Men
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If you are a man looking to lose weight or eat healthier via a change in diet, you may have difficulty picking the program that will be the best for your needs. While speaking to a nutritionist or medical professional is the best method of choosing the appropriate diet for your health situation, you can also consider some of the more popular programs that are available on your own.

Low-Carb Diet

According to the 4-Men.com website, one popular diet you can choose to lose weight is the low carbohydrate diet, otherwise known as "low carbs." As the website suggests, this diet consists of focusing on eating foods with lower carbohydrate content and staying away from other foods like white bread, noodles and rice due to their high carb levels. However, men should also be aware that low-carb diets also tend to negatively affect heart conditions, specifically high blood pressure, due to the body's need for carbohydrates to regulate these cardiac processes.

Low-Fat Diets

For more permanent results in weight loss, the low-fat diet is your best option according to 4-Men.com. While results are typically much slower in comparison with other diet programs, lower fat reserves surrounding your muscles will remain constant for a longer period of time and lead to lower weight. Fat is also a main contributor to reducing the feeling of hunger in our stomachs, meaning you may feel hungrier than normal at first. However, this diet is the most beneficial to heart patients since the cardiac system will work more efficiently with lower fat deposits in the body.

High-Protein Diets

Another option men can use to lose weight is a high-protein, low-carb diet combination. According to the WebMD website, the most popular version of this diet option is the Atkins Diet. In this diet, foods like bread are avoided while other foods like eggs and even bacon are encouraged due to their high-protein content. As the website states, this diet can increase good cholesterol levels while lowering fat content, blood pressure and triglyceride levels simultaneously.

American Heart Association Diet

According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet for men means wiser food choices that can help lead to lower weight and a healthier heart. Eat fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats and poultry, and whole grains. Stay away from foods that contain high cholesterol and trans fats. In addition, lifestyle changes can be beneficial, such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol.

The Zone Diet

Finally, men can lose weight and stay healthy by following the Zone diet, according to WebMD.com. This diet focuses on reworking the body's metabolism via a diet that consists of 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates. This diet can help you improve your heart health, lower blood pressure and shed pounds at the same time. With recipes specifically designed to allow for these food percentages, the Zone diet can prove to be a helpful dining option for men.

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