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Learn the Truth About the Top Health Myths for Men Over 40

By: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project,

worst health myths for men over 40 busted

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…

My name is Dr. Anthony Balduzzi. I'm a men's health doctor and the founder of The Fit Father Project. My team and I help busy men in their 40s, 50s & 60s get back in killer shape with proven meal plans and workouts.

In fact, our FFP Team is extremely proud that we've helped over 35,000 men lose fat.

When it comes to health advice, it can be hard to differentiate fact vs. fiction. As a men’s health doctor with over 20 years of experience, I can firmly say that I've “seen it all,” so it's easy for me to spot the worst health myths for men. It might not be that easy for you. We're going to fix that today.


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.

top health myths for men over 40sLet 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.

Key Point: Listen, I'm NOT saying that exercise is useless (it's actually very important for overall health), and I'm also not saying that you need to “exercise off” all the calories you eat.

The key point I'm trying to make is that calories matter for weight loss.

You do need to eat fewer calories than you burn each day to lose weight, and it's a heck of a lot easier to cut back on excess calories by skipping junk foods than it is to exercise for additional hours to “burn off” calories from junk foods you may be eating.


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.

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Here’s How Busy Guys 40+ Are Finally Losing Weight…

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, & 60s, you need to eat and exercise differently to lose weight & actually keep it off…

Myth #2: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Skipping breakfast top health myths for men over 40sWe’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.

top health myths for men over 40sGet 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.

top health myths for men over 40sHere's the Actual Truth: There are fat burning, energy-boosting, and even brain focus enhancing benefits to pushing back breakfast a few hours AND also prioritizing low-carb, high protein breakfast foods.

The idea that you “should never skip breakfast” is based on the old myth that “not eating first thing in the morning” or not eating every few hours will slow your metabolism, crash your blood sugar levels, and tank your energy.

This myth has been disproven by countless new reasearch studies (7, 8, 9, 10).


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.

top health myths for men over 40s
The big key is to find a meal timing setup that fits YOUR work/life schedule.

Again, if you'd like to discover the exact foods you should be eating for better fat burning and energy AND the different meal timing setups that will work best for your schedule, I highly recommend you join our FF30X, 30-Day Exercise & Healthy Eating Plan.

Inside that program, I'll walk you through the exact meals and recipes covering what you should eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to reignite your metabolism and feel more energetic all day long.


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

sarcopenia men top health myths for men over 40sHere's The Truth: Young guys and bodybuilders are not the only ones who should take weightlifting seriously.

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.

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Here’s How Busy Guys 40+ Are Finally Losing Weight…

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, & 60s, you need to eat and exercise differently to lose weight & actually keep it off…

Myth #4: Organic (always) means healthier

does organic = healthy top health myths for men over 40sNow that organic foods are sold in mainstream grocery stores, the choice between healthy and unhealthy foods is more confusing.

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.

Here's the Hard Truth: It doesn't matter if the 50g of sugar and fat in an organic snack food came from organic cane sugar or cane sugar that was not farmed with strict organic guidelines. Those 50g of sugar will still wreak havoc on your metabolism and energy levels.

top health myths for men over 40sGood, 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.

top health myths for men over 40sFALSE! I want to debunk this final myth once and for all.

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.

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Here’s How Busy Guys 40+ Are Finally Losing Weight…

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, & 60s, you need to eat and exercise differently to lose weight & actually keep it off…

If you’re ready to get back into fighting shape, here are your First 2 Action Steps:

  1. Download your free copy of our 1-Day Meal Plan and join our mailing list.
  2. 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,

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Dr. Anthony holds dual degrees in Nutrition & Neuroscience from the University Of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a national champion bodybuilder.

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Anthony founded The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project to help busy Moms and Dads get and stay permanently healthy for their families.

Brotherhood Nickname: Mr. Results
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 10,000 families lose over 100,000 lbs of fat and rebuild lean muscle

Here’s How Busy Fathers Over 40 Are Finally Burning Stubborn Belly Fat & Getting Healthy Without Restrictive Diets or Time-Consuming Workouts

This proven "Fit Father Program" has helped 25,000 busy men 40+ lose weight, rebuild muscle, and finally keep the weight off.

If you're frustrated with stubborn belly fat, failed diets, and time-consuming workouts, this is the answer you’ve been looking for…

Join 22,000 guys in over 98 countries are using FF30X to lose weight. You get everything you need to succeed – including:
  • The Fit Father Meal Plan – with simple & delicious recipes
  • Safe & Effective Workouts Program – only 90 min/week
  • VIP Accountability Coaching – our Fit Father Team will personally walk you to success, step-by-step.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FF30X >> See the FF30X Program overview here. You’ll discover how this proven Fit Father Program can help you lose weight and actually keep it off – without the complication and restriction of normal diets. »
*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 the top health myths for men over 40s.


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