What are the Best Weight Loss Foods for Men?

When weight loss is your goal, choosing the best weight loss foods for men is a way to steer you in the right direction with your new journey.

Focusing on eating healthy foods (instead of harboring on the foods you’re not supposed to have) makes it easier to avoid junk food cravings.

Once you have a good idea about which weight loss foods for men are the best, you can easily create your own daily meal plans and menus using a few simple tips and tricks.

Make a Weight Loss Commitment

bathroom scales best weight loss foods for men Before you begin a weight loss program, choose a body weight goal and make a commitment to it. Aim to for an initial weight loss goal of dropping 5 to 10% of your starting body weight to lower chronic disease risks. You can always lose more weight after that if you'd like.

Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is a safe, effective rate that yields long-term success.

To achieve this goal, reduce your usual daily energy intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day. For example, if you normally eat 2,500 calories, consume 1,500 to 2,000 calories instead.

Know that safe weight loss takes time — it may take you about 6 months (or longer) to safely and effectively drop 50 pounds if your goal is shedding 2 pounds per week.

For many men, eating 1,500 to 1,800 calories daily is often an effective weight loss strategy, says the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Choosing the right weight loss foods for men helps you stick within this daily calorie allotment — without feeling hungry.

Build Your Own Meal Plan

Figuring out how to build meal plans and menus is invaluable when you want to shed pounds and keep lost weight off for good. Once you have a plan and meal/snack schedule in place, it’s easy to plug healthy foods into your plan.

    • Divide Your Plate

perfect plate best weight loss foods for menOne of the simplest ways to plan meals is to divide your plate into four sections.

Two-fourths (one-half) of your plate should contain non-starchy veggies (you can mix in some fruits too).

One-fourth of your plate should contain nutritious protein foods, and the other fourth of your plate should have healthy starches — such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, squash, or quinoa.

Add in low-fat dairy foods or dairy alternatives (protein-fortified almond milk, soy yogurt, or a plant-based protein shake, for example). Don’t forget to include healthy fats, such as oils, nuts, and avocados.

    • Count Calories

prepped food weight loss foods for menWhile you don’t have to count calories to successfully drop weight, doing so can definitely be helpful.

Use an online calorie-counting tool, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Tracker to get a good idea about whether or not you’re sticking within your recommended daily weight loss calorie allotment.

You can also write down what you eat in a food journal, and add up your calories later.

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If you're stuck planning out your own meals, follow the perfect plate ratios and prepare your meals beforehand. You're much more likely to eat good food if all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge and warm it up.

A 1-ounce portion of the protein includes 1 ounce of lean meat, poultry, or fish, 1 egg, 1/4 cup tofu, or 1/4 cup of dried peas or beans.

A 1-ounce portion of grains consists of 1/2 cup of cooked brown or wild rice, quinoa, whole-grain pasta, oatmeal, or other cooked whole grains.

One teaspoon of oils equals 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/6 of an avocado, eight large olives, 1 1/2 teaspoons of peanut butter, or 1/3 ounce of nuts or seeds.

    • Count Macronutrients

macro-nutrients best weight loss foods for menLow-carb dieting is often an effective weight loss strategy, but be sure you're getting in at least 130 grams of carbs (which is the carb recommended dietary allowance) to maximize energy so you can be more physically active throughout the day.

Aim to get about 15 to 20 % of your calories from healthy fats, 30 to 35 % from carbs, and 45 to 50 % of your calories from healthy proteins. Protein and carbs each contain 4 calories per gram, and fat provides 9 calories in each gram. Carbs are found in fruit, vegetables (including legumes), grains, milk products, nuts, and seeds.

So if you're eating 1,600 calories a day, aim for 25 to 35 grams of healthy fats, 120 to 140 grams of carbs, and 180 to 200 grams of protein. Check food labels, use the USDA's Food Tracker tool, or find a calorie-counting app that tracks total calories and macronutrients.

    • Consider Meal Replacement Shakes

Using meal replacement nutritional shakes is a convenient way to help you cut calories for weight loss. Simply replace one or two meals with a nutrient-rich shake as a way to meet nutritional needs, without worrying about detailed meal plans. Check the label of your shake to determine the calorie, protein, carb, and fat content — or create your own shake using protein powder.

Nutritious Weight Loss Foods for Men

best weight loss foods for menNow that you know how to use meal plans and divide your plate into veggies, protein foods, and starches, it’s time to start filling up your plate with nutritious foods.

Avoid fried foods, alcoholic drinks, processed meats, fatty cuts of red meat, sugary drinks, diet drinks, and sweet treats. Choose a variety of your favorite healthy foods at each meal and snack.

Healthy Proteins
You have numerous options when it comes to picking healthy, protein-rich weight loss foods for men. A list of nutritious proteins with corresponding nutrition information is as follows:

Calories Protein grams Carb grams Fat grams
3 ounces of grilled chicken breast 128 26 0 3
3 ounces of grilled salmon 133 23 0 5
3 ounces of shrimp 84 20 0 0
1 large egg 91 6 1 7
3 ounces of tofu 78 9 2 4
1 scoop of whey protein 103 17 8 0
3 ounces of lean grass-fed beef 107 21 3 0

Nutritious Starches
Starches are high-carbohydrates foods; nutritious starches include non-processed whole foods rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Dried beans and peas are examples of protein-rich starches.

Examples of healthy starches and corresponding nutritional information include:

Calories Protein grams Carb grams Fat grams
½ cup of cooked brown rice 109 2 23 1
½ cup of cooked quinoa 111 4 20 2
½ cup of cooked wild rice 83 3 18 0
½ cup of cooked oatmeal 83 3 14 2
½ cup of cooked sweet potato 90 2 21 0
½ cup of cooked peas 67 4 13 0
½ cup of cooked black beans 114 8 21 0
½ cup of cooked corn 72 3 16 1
½ cup of cooked whole-grain pasta 77 3 15 1

Non-Starchy Veggies
Starchy veggies are included in the starches portion of your plate. However, non-starchy veggies are generally lower in calories — and some of the most beneficial weight loss foods for men. These veggies often contain 5 grams of carbs (or less) per 1-cup portion and almost no dietary fat.

Examples of some non-starchy veggies to include in each plate are:

Calories Protein grams Carb grams Fat grams
1 cup of spinach leaves 8 1 1 0
1 cup of Romaine lettuce 8 1 2 0
1 cup of cucumbers 16 1 4 0
1 cup of tomatoes 25 2 5 0
1 cup of green peppers 18 1 7 0
1 cup of mushrooms 15 2 2 0
1 cup of celery 14 1 3 0
1 cup of broccoli 31 3 6 0
1 cup of cauliflower 27 2 5 0
1 cup of asparagus 40 4 7 0

Healthy Fats
best weight loss foods for menWhile fats aren't low-calorie foods, your body needs nutritious fats daily to function properly, stay healthy, and curb cravings for sugary treats and other unhealthy carbs.

Choose from the following list of healthy high-fat weight loss foods for men:

Calories Protein grams Carb grams Fat grams
 1/4 of an avocado 114  1  6 11
1 ounce of almonds 164 6 6 14
1 ounce of sunflower seeds 175  5  6  16
1 tablespoon of peanut butter 95 4 3 8
 1 tablespoon of olive oil 119 0 0 14
1 tablespoon of coconut oil 121 0 0 14
1 ounce of chia seeds 138 5 12 9

Calcium-Rich Foods
Calcium-rich foods are often dairy foods (or dairy equivalents) that are good for your bones — and excellent sources of protein. A 2016 study published in the journal Nutrients found that adding dairy foods to reduced-calorie weight loss plans contributes to greater weight and fat loss, while helping to maintain lean body mass.

Nutritious, calcium-rich weight loss foods for men include:

Calories Protein grams Carb grams Fat grams
1 cup of low-fat milk 102 8 12 2
1 cup of Greek yogurt 170 22 19 0 to 1
1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese 163 28 6 2
1 part-skim cheese stick 72 7 1 5
1 cup of soy milk 104 6 12 4
1 cup of protein-fortified almond milk 80 10 3 3

 

Sample Menu

best weight loss foods for menWhen choosing the healthiest weight loss foods for men, a sample menu might look like:

Meal #1: an egg white, veggie, and cheese omelet — plus oatmeal with sliced almonds sprinkled on top

Meal #2 or snack: Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, and chia seeds

Meal #3: grilled chicken breast over a bed of leafy greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers with Italian dressing — plus a side of quinoa mixed with black beans

Meal #4 or snack: a protein shake made with protein powder, almond butter or peanut butter, and a banana

Meal #5: grilled salmon or shrimp, asparagus or green beans, avocado slices, and brown or wild rice cooked in olive oil

Meal #6 or snack (optional): veggie sticks (celery, carrots, or cucumbers) dipped in hummus with a side of black olives

Beginning Your Weight Loss Journey

Choosing the best weight loss foods for men is just one important component of successful weight loss. Regular exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices are equally beneficial.

Aim to become physically active all throughout the day, and get in at least 30 minutes of planned exercise.

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In addition to staying active throughout the day and eating right, keep stress levels low, join a structured weight loss program for social support, and get in at least 7 hours of sleep each night to maximize weight loss. Quit smoking and give up alcohol to further enhance your results.

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Erin Coleman
Writer, The Fit Father Project

A 15-year freelance writing veteran, Erin is registered dietitian and health educator who is passionate about health, fitness and disease prevention. Her published work appears on hundreds of health and fitness websites, and she’s working on publishing her first book! Erin is a wife and mom of two beautiful children.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on getting healthy.