Fat Burning Diet Plan for Men
If you are a man who wants to lose weight, any diet will do as long it results in fewer calories being taken in than are expended. However, low-carbohydrate diets like the Atkins Diet (www.atkins.com) that severely limit certain carbohydrates and sugars while allowing unlimited amounts of lean protein, like beef, fish, poultry, pork and soy products, are designed to burn more fat, more quickly.
Many people swear by low-carbohydrate diets as the most effective fat burning diet plans. Others, who crave the breads, pastas, and other carbohydrates not included in or limited by these diets, find low-carbohydrate diets difficult to maintain. Some men, especially meat lovers who think a thick slab of steak is the perfect meal, may find low-carbohydrate fat burning diets ideal.
The science behind low-carbohydrate diets is fairly straightforward. When you eat carbohydrates, they are usually turned into energy fairly quickly by the body. If carbohydrate intake is severely limited, the body must rely on stored fat for energy and, as a result, it begins to burn more fat. In addition, this process produces compounds called ketones that initially create a feeling of well being or euphoria, making it easier to stick to the diet.
There are many ways to structure a low-carbohydrate, fat burning diet for men so that it best suits their preferences and lifestyles. Most simply, the Atkins Diet itself is based on a food pyramid (see www.atkins.com/food-pyramid) with proteins, such as beef, fish, poultry, pork and soy products, at the base. To lose weight, dieters are told to initially eat lean proteins from the base of the pyramid, as well as those in the group just above the base, which includes leafy greens, vegetables and healthy oils. As they continue to diet and lose weight, they can move up the pyramid and add other foods to their diets, including certain fruits, seed oils, nuts, legumes, cheese and dairy products and, at the top of the pyramid, whole grain foods.
For men who want a more detailed fat burning diet plan, the Atkins approach includes four phases, induction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance and maintenance that roughly coincide with movement up the food pyramid described above. In phase 1, the dieter eats lean proteins and some vegetables while banishing baked goods, breads and pastas, in phases 2 and 3 more “good” carbohydrates are added to the diet until weight stabilizes and the dieter moves on the weight maintenance phase.
One of the keys to the Atkins Diet is counting carbohydrates, or net carbs. Net carbs are the carbohydrate content of a food less its fiber content. In this diet plan some carbs are “good” like nutrient-rich vegetables and some are “bad” like refined foods, white bread, white rice, and milk. As carbohydrates are added to the diet, the emphasis is on “good” carbs.
Whether you decide to try a low-carbohydrate fat burning diet like the Atkins Diet or another diet plan, experts say that the most effective weight loss plan for men is one that includes exercise not just a change in eating habits, so men should be sure to develop an exercise plan along with their diet plan.
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