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Here’s the Single Best Diet for Men

Here’s the Single Best Diet for Men

  • April 10, 2021
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Diet culture is a lot like Lord of the Rings warfare.

You have vastly differing camps, each with their own bloodlust-filled armies, bull-rushing one another in a frenetic, all-out battle. No one side concedes. No one backs down. No prisoners are taken. Every side is fighting with the conviction that they are in the right. There are even trolls.

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Except that unlike LOTR’s The One Ring, there is no one diet to rule them all. The only thing, really, that unites all diet is that diets don’t work.

Now “healthy approaches to eating” are an entirely different thing. Experts agree that the best approach for you is not the one that promises you will lose the most weight in the quickest amount of time, but an approach that you can stick to for the long-term.

Does that mean that you can just wing it? No. You have to tailor your healthy approach to eating to who you are as a guy. Are you active? How active? Are you looking to lose weight? Or gain muscle? What does your daily schedule look like? Do you like to cook?

Yes, it’s starting to sound like Samwise Gamgee with all the questions, but they are good questions—questions that fad diets usually answer with a one-sized-fits-all-dammit plan that is often too highly structured and frustratingly restrictive to ever work.

But a healthy approach to eating answers all these questions. They’re answers that provide you with clarity and direction, whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or just find some sanity in a diet world gone mad.

So who is your Gandalf in this quest? The truth-speaking and authoritative Dezi Abeyta, R.D.N., a former consulting dietitian for the Milwaukee Brewers, and founder of Foodtalk Nutrition LLC.

Allow him to guide you.

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Do men and women approach eating healthfully in different ways?

“The classic answer here is that it depends,” says Abeyta. “While I don’t believe that goals are specific to any gender, I do believe that both parties are searching for something very similar. Whether it is the yearning to admire how they look, how they feel about themselves, or even how they want to be seen in the world, I see them act differently toward these core need.”

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So it’s about goals, says Abeyta, but also about the obstacles that prevent people from reaching those goals. “Women often have to sift through the misleading world of detoxes, restrictive diets, and comparison to their favorite athlete or influencer,” he says.

Men may deal with different obstacles: “Guys often have to sift through the need for bulking and fad diets, and once they find that that is not what they’re looking for, they often run into a difficult decision between asking for help, taking that step, and being willing to find the right diet for them and allow that process to take time.”

How should men think about dieting as it applies to living a healthy life?

“Anytime I begin working with someone, especially a guy, I will often try to weed out some of the things that he needs to learn, as well as things that he needs to ‘unlearn,'” Abeyta says.

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Abeyta focuses on “big needs” as they relate to maintaining a healthy diet over the long-term.

  • A health-centered program based on your bodily needs
  • A consistency-focused, long-term mindset that allows for imperfection
  • An understanding of basic nutrition as it relates to the balance of macro and micronutrients
  • A wider view of how diet is part of a larger health picture, which includes sleep hygiene, self-care, emotional agility, and the physical activity needed for a specific goal

If these requirements sound too simple, remember: Crash diets want you to believe that healthful eating is difficult—and only they have the plan. That’s simply not true.

Is there a “best” diet for men?

Absolutely.

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“I like to think of the ‘best diet’ as one that can be implemented consistently and creates success with their goals in the short- or long-term,” Abeyta says.

“Going further, that same diet should be one that they enjoy and one that they can teach their friends and family. Especially for all the dads out there. Ensuring that their dietary pattern is something that they feel comfortable teaching their kids is always a plus!”

Paul is the Food & Nutrition Editor of Men’s Health.

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