DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS FOR MEN
The fact of the matter is that men and women are biochemically different. To pretend otherwise is just going to sabotage your efforts. So guys, rather than making you sift through a ton of information to find what you need to maximize your masculine physique, I’m giving this one straight to you.
EAT LIKE A MAN
It’s time to start eating like a man. No, I’m not talking Doritos and beer, Coney dogs and Super Size Big Mac meals. I mean it’s time to start eating to optimize testosterone (T) production, because T is at the core of a lean, strong body.
You want to ditch those soft love-handles in favor of sculpted pecs and six-pack abs, right? You want the kind of body that turns heads at the beach, even in your forties, fifties, and beyond!
MANOPAUSE: FIGHT IT WITH FOOD
You can feel great, get ripped, and reach peak performance just by eating the right food. I’m talking about food that boosts testosterone—the hormone that makes you a man. You don’t think body builders are eating nachos and drinking Mountain Dew, do you? That’s a fast track to a beer belly—not a six pack.
Here’s the thing: You start to lose testosterone when you hit middle age. Have you softened up since you hit 40? Maybe your energy is fading and your stamina is low. How’s your performance in the bedroom?
How can you tell if your pudge and lethargy are due to lowered testosterone levels? Well, you can get a simple blood test done. Or, just check for these signs:
- Low libido
- Fat gain
- Memory loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased muscle mass
- Low energy
- Low sperm count
Anything look familiar?
Testosterone is part of the hormone group called androgens– which are responsible for muscle growth, aggressiveness, and sex drive. Can you see why this is important?
At the risk of sounding crass—it’s time to man-up. Women go through menopause—that’s when they start to lose estrogen. Men, I’m sorry to say it, but you go through it, too. It’s what I affectionately call MANopause (when your testosterone levels drop), but you don’t have to take it lying down.
MAN-FOOD FOR GLADIATOR ABS
Some of the best T-boosting foods are the makings for awesome hearty meals fit for a huge appetite. They contain high amounts of nutrients like zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, cholesterol, folic and arachidonic acid— all super-important for the T-factory.
Here are some of them:
Brazil Nuts: High in healthy fat, protein, and trace minerals, Brazil nuts are one of the highest dietary sources of selenium, an essential trace mineral and potent antioxidant. Selenium boosts testosterone levels in men and improves sperm production and motility. Brazil nuts are also rich in the amino acid arginine, which increases levels of blood to the genitals. That’s right–in the supermarket, nature’s Viagra is found in the “nut” section.
Steak: Red meat is full of zinc, a mineral necessary for T-production.
Eggs with the Yolks: Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap- but it’s an important cog in the testosterone factory. Plus they’re rich in vitamin D. If you don’t have any egg issues, this is one of the easiest foods to get into your diet.
Crustaceans: A man’s gift from the sea—Lobster, crab, (and oysters, too) are high in zinc, and they’re really easy to cook at home.
Garlic: While it’s not so good for your breath, fresh garlic is great for your glutes. (Because increased testosterone = more muscle.)
Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts: Cruciferous veggies are like estrogen sweepers—tipping the balance to the testosterone side of the scale.
Spinach, kale, and chard: Magnesium is key here—eat your salad and green smoothies!
Avocado: Go for the guac!
Asparagus: It may make your pee smell weird, but who cares when you look this great? Aside from boosting T-count, these green spears also amp up your metabolism.
EAT THIS, BE A MAN
So, you know what to eat—but how do you get all that stuff into your diet?
- Breakfast: Steak & Eggs—fry it in a pan. It’s not hard. Green Smoothie—put some avocado, spinach, frozen fruit and almond milk in a blender and drink it.
- Lunch: Taco Salad—Cook ground beef or bison with a bunch of spices and dump it on a plate of greens with prepared guacamole.
- Dinner: Crab legs—steam them in the oven and dip them in melted grassfed butter with a side of greens.
Guys, food isn’t hard. Good food is actually really simple. So, get in the kitchen. It’s the manliest thing you can do.
This food is the key to feeling and looking younger and sexier than you ever have in your life. Do your regular workout. Eat awesome food. Get ripped. Turn heads. Make your friends jealous. It’s that easy.
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Steph Kinzer says
Thanks for the info. I agree completely. I love that you mentioned corny dogs are not real “man” food. For the man on the go wjo needs good sleep I highly recommend magnesium oil applied to the skin at night. After only about 3 days of using it- both my hubby & I were sleeping like baby kittens and feeling thr energy of lions! Magnesium & zinc are MAJOR in muscle building as you said. Thx again fat burning man.
Abel James says
Thanks for reading, Steph!
Abel, I have hemochromatosis (hereditary iron overload), so I need to stay away from beef until I get my ferritin down. What’s the T value of other meats? Thanks!
Don Bodenbach says
Thanks a lot for sharing this man specific fat-burning information. I now have ideas what to eat.
Kathy Jo says
Hi Abel, my husband and I have been following your program since the beginning of March, so far he is down 60lbs and I am down 30. WOOT! We about half way to our weight loss goals. But this is so much more than just weight loss, it is about a more joyful life… do you agree? My question is this, we both have hormonal imbalances, low testosterone and low estrogen (I am 48 my husband is 53) Do you have any suggestions for meal plans that would put our perspective hormones back in line without messing up our spouse too much. Right now we are taking maca… it has helped me tremendously , my husband has not experienced much of a change. (we have been taking it for 3weeks) any help would be appreciated. Thank you and your sweet wife, Alison for all of your guidance so far, you have changed our lives☺
Looking to using that Wild Diet for Men Abel. Keep up the great work!
I love crustacean meat, but I can’t afford to consistently buy lobster or crab. Is there an inexpensive solution to this? Would canned crab meat be ok?
Doug Mayfield says
Love the suggest. I’m 44 and former professional athlete. People would be surprised how many athletes don’t know how to eat properly fast 40. I was curious why I your wonderful suggestions you didn’t have daily amounts not to exceed
Carl Marl says
we are what we EAT…
Joe Rotondo says
I’m 62, feel great, but losing hair, muscle mass and strength. Libedo is low but still feel like I want to. Wife going through menapause so I gotta wait anyway.
I’m celiac and eat good and take supplements and still not getting back the 10 to 12 lbs I lost over the years. Got discouraged at the gym so stopped going but want to go back.
What’s my next step?