Four Ways Men Can Improve Their Health Through Their Diet

Jun 22 • 2015

Men and women are different on a variety of levels, so it makes sense that the appropriate diet can vary with gender, too. Following a healthy diet can be difficult, but eating nutritious meals with the right portion sizes can be hugely beneficial to a man’s overall health.

To make sure you are eating right, construct a diet around these four parameters:

  1. Men should eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The more colorful, the better. Fruits and veggies are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber – plus they are low in calories. Skip the deep fried options like onion rings and opt for raw or steamed choices instead.
  2. Include at least six servings of whole grains in your diet, such as breads, cereals, and starchy vegetables. The added fiber in these foods keeps your blood pressure low and makes you feel full faster. Unrefined whole-grain breads are the best choice, as well as vegetables like peas, corn, potatoes, and dried beans. Note that if you have a history of diabetes, the amount of starch in your diet should be limited.
  3. Pick low-fat dairy products like skim milk and skip saturated fats found in things like butter and cheese. Instead, pick unsaturated fats like avocados, walnuts, and olive oil. These can help raise your good cholesterol levels. Additionally, include two to three servings of lean meat, chicken, and fish. Look for cuts with little to no visible fat and remove skin from poultry items.
  4. Cut back on sugar and salt. Foods loaded with refined carbohydrates are high in calories and have very little nutritional benefits, if any. Eat as little pre-packaged foods as possible and season your food with fresh herbs instead of salt.

Men – how have you changed your diet to improve your health? Share your tips in the comments below in honor of Men’s Health Month.