Learn the Truth About the Top Health Myths for Men Over 40
If you are a man, I have an important little “health quiz” for you…
Which of the following do you think are TRUE or FALSE?
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Cardio is the best way to lose fat.
- Organic food is (always) healthier.
The Answer: Despite common misconceptions, ALL 3 of these statements are actually FALSE.
And I’m going to prove it to you in this short guide. First though, allow me to quickly introduce myself to you…
In this blog, you’ll find simple fact & research-based solutions to the top health myths for men over 40 that will help you burn fat, eat healthier, and feel stronger – all without wasting your time on myths and false information that is keeping your frustrated and confused.
Ready to bust some myths? Let’s dive on in…
Myth #1: Cardio is the best way to lose belly fat.
When many of us think of weight loss, treadmills and running shoes immediately come to mind. Before you let out a groan, let me tell you the surprising truth:
Exercise is not the most effective way to lose belly fat.
In fact, following a healthy diet is the #1 factor to losing weight As we preach in all of our articles here at The Fit Father Project: You can’t “out-exercise” a bad diet.
Let me prove this to you visually.
Let’s say you decide to reward yourself for a good week of hard work by going to McDonald’s and having a medium fry.
Here’s the simple math: That medium fry from McDonald’s contains 600 excess calories. To burn off those 600 calories, you would have to RUN at a hard pace for a full 60 minutes.
Do you have the time or sanity for a full hour or hard cardio every day to offset junk calories that are sneaking into your diet? I know I don’t. Personally, I’d rather skip the fries… and the run.
Now because there is so much misinformation about what guys over 40 should be eating, I put together a full meal plan, inside our FF30X, 30-Day Plan For Men 40+ that removes ALL the guesswork out of figuring out the right healthy diet you should follow.
In our FF30X Healthy Eating & Exercise Plan, I show you exactly what to eat for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner so that you can lose some weight, feel energized 24/7, and build ageless strength. It has already helped thousands of guys just like you.
Myth #2: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
We’ve all been told that eating a high-carb breakfast within an hour of waking up is ideal.
Common “healthy breakfast foods” like cereal, fruit, juice, wheat bread, and granola are marketing as “the essential way to start your day.”
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Most of those “so-called healthy” breakfast foods are packed with sugar and excess carbs that will bring your morning fat burning to a screeching halt.
Get this: If we have a breakfast like a bowl of granola with almond milk and a side or orange juice, we’ve just pounded 80+ carbs (of mostly sugar) that your metabolism has to burn off for hours before it can tap into your body’s fat stores.
Yet, these are the exact breakfast foods that are marketed as being HEALTHY! If you’re concerned with your health, energy, and body fat, steer clear at all costs.
Also: Please know that skipping (or postponing) breakfast is NOT a “must” to lose weight. You can absolutely lose weight and live very healthy eating breakfast first thing in the morning.
Yet, for weight loss purposes, waiting a few hours after waking up before you have a high protein, lower-carb meal may be one of the best things you ever do for fat burning and energy.
Breakfast meal timing + food quality matters.
Above all, it’s essential that you eat the right kinds of high protein, lower carb breakfast foods that energize your body and metabolism, AND that you follow a sustainable morning meal timing setup.
That’s why inside our famous Fit Father 30X Program, we actually provide several different meal timing setups – some of which include pushing back breakfast until 10:30 am… other meal timing setups that don’t.
The big key is to find a meal timing setup that fits YOUR work/life schedule.
Let’s move onto our next myth about a very important form of EXERCISE…
Myth #3: Weightlifting is just for younger guys who want to build muscle.
Muscle loss due to aging is the #1 reason why our fat burning metabolism slows for guys over 40. The combination of a lower metabolism and less muscle mass means more fat. But this doesn’t have to happen to you!
Weightlifting is the fountain of youth for men over 40.
Proper, safe strength training helps to:
- increases testosterone
- builds lean muscle
- accelerates your metabolism (far more than regular cardio)
Weightlifting and building muscle is your metabolic engine that drives your body as a man over 40. As we age, we absolutely need to maintain our muscle mass with regular, time-efficient workouts.
Now, if you’re a busy guy like me who is looking for fast, safe, and incredibly effective metabolism boosting workouts that you can do at home with a pair of dumbbells and 5 feet of floor space, click on the box below to join our FF30X 30-Day Exercise & Healthy Eating Program.
Myth #4: Organic (always) means healthier.
Food marketers want you to believe that as long as a product is labeled “organic,” it’s automatically healthy.
Here’s the truth: just because something’s labeled “organic” doesn’t mean it’s actually healthy for you.
A bag of chips is a bag of chips – organic or not. Snacks like organic cookies and organic ice cream are still bad for your diet and could even be called scams.
Good, natural, unprocessed organic foods are amazing and should make up the bulk of your diet; I’m talking about foods like:
- Organic fruits
- Organic veggies
- Grass-fed & free range meats
- Wild-caught seafood
Eating healthy, unprocessed foods should be the main focus of your diet. There are some fruits, veggies, and meats we absolutely prefer you buy organically (if possible); yet, as we show you in our eating healthy on a budget guide, eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.
There are plenty of foods that you don’t necessarily have to buy organically, and there are a few very smart tricks you can use while shopping to save money on organic produce.
But don’t worry, we’ve include exactly what you should eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner here in our FF30X Program.
Myth #5: Getting old and fat is inevitable.
You can be incredibly healthy well into your 40s, 50s, and 60s. All you need is a proper eating and exercise plan for you as a guy 40+ – along with the coaching and guidance to keep you motivated and accountable.
Take a look at some of our most successful “Fit Fathers” (on the right) we’ve helped transform with our Fit Father 30X Program and imagine how YOU can transform your life too like these guys. We can help you.
Say goodbye to the top health myths for men over 40.
Say hello to progress! Now that you’ve mastered the top health myths for men over 40, you can drop the misinformation and get support from our expert team.
Our team of men’s health experts here at The Fit Father Project has helped over 35,000 fathers lose fat, build muscle, and get healthy for their families*. We’re ready to help you too.
If you’re ready to get back into fighting shape, here are your First 2 Action Steps:
- Download your free copy of our 1-Day Meal Plan and join our mailing list.
- To jumpstart your results, check out the Fit Father 30-Day Program (FF30X).
I hope you enjoyed this article. I can’t wait to help you get health goals.
Your new friend & health coach,
Small note about research cited in this article:
*Always remember: weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual. Just because these studies cite certain data does not mean you will experience these results/outcomes. Always consult with your doctor before making decisions about your health. This is not medical advice – simply well-researched information. Thanks for reading!