Men’s fitness can be a tricky thing. Many men are confronted by self-doubt when they embark upon the fitness path. Should I build muscle or go lean? How much muscle is good, and how much is too much? Why am I gaining (or not gaining) weight despite hitting the gym?
One of the vital questions to consider is: do men react the same way to certain foods as women do? While most men don’t obsess about their health and fitness as much as some women do, they can have reasonable concerns and questions. So again, what is the truth?
Some experts will tell you that it all depends on your particular body type. But that is neither here nor there. The most important fact in men’s fitness is that food plays a crucial role. Here are five foods that should be right at the top of your must-have list, and at least four that you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
Embrace the Nut in You with Omega-3 Fat
Omega what? That refers to omega-3 fatty acids, or what the world calls “good fat.” This is the kind that comes with all sorts of benefits, like improved eyesight, a stronger heart, better immunity, less inflammation (especially for athletes), resistance to arthritis, etc. It also helps you combat anxiety and stress! Sounds cool, right? And we get this mostly from fish.
But what if you are a vegetarian, celebrating a rich plant-based diet with the rest of the world? Well, you can go nutty, literally. This is where women score over men, as they are more likely to snack on a pack of nuts. Walnuts, cashew nuts, almonds, hazelnuts and even hemp seeds are fabulous sources of omega-3. So get yourself a good trail mix of nuts, and be unafraid to embrace this new adventure. It’s all good fat, apparently.
Ditch the Late-Night Binge
We just introduced you to “good fat,” a concept that is alien to many. But now we are also duty-bound to warn you about the dangerous kind, like French fries, cookies, doughnuts, muffins and all their baked cousins. These are all especially lethal at night when they are more likely to raise your insulin levels as you rest your body.
So if you think it is okay to indulge in these after an exhaustive workout, think again. They will push your efforts down the drain, and leave you with ugly fat, the kind that is all weight and no muscle. What’s worse is that these sugar bombs dramatically slow down your digestion. So the weight will continue to pile on, eventually attacking your heart. This is not a happy place to be!