Weight Loss Diet For Men: The 10 Principles Of Effective Weight Loss

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

weight loss diet for men

Are you a busy guy over 40 hoping to slim down? We've put together a proven 10-step guide to the most effective weight loss diet for men!

Throughout my career as a men's health doctor, I've worked with countless guys like you who want to lose weight but struggle to find the time.

The secret to your success lies in learning and applying these 10 principles of the best weight loss diet for men that we'll cover in the rest of this guide.

So … ready to dive into the best weight loss diet for men?

It's easier than you think!

Here are the 10 key principles you need to follow.

Learn more about the best foods for weight loss and how to lose weight — and keep it off.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 1 — Stop Dieting And Start Using A Lifestyle Eating Plan

Here's a hint: any diet that severely restricts calories, proteins, carbs, or fat will not work for you long-term.

Restrictive diets leave you with cravings.

No more carbs? You'll be craving cereal and bread like you never have before.

No more fat? Get ready to crave avocado and meat.

To discover the balanced, healthy diet approach to losing weight, download our free Fit Father 1-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan that shows you how to lose weight consistently each week — without restrictive dieting.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 2 — Use Our Perfect Plate System To Control Your Portions Instead Of Counting Calories.

The best part about using the Perfect Plate in your weight loss diet? You're not locked into eating the same meal every day.

The concept of the Perfect Plate allows you to switch up your proteins, vegetables, and carbs as much as you want.

The key to the Perfect Plate is in the proportions.

One-half of your plate should be vegetables, one-quarter should be meat or plant-based proteins, and the last quarter should be a carb like rice or quinoa.

With the Perfect Plate, you don't have to count your calories to lose weight.

All you have to do is choose the healthy foods you want on your plate and set up the proportions correctly. The weight loss takes care of itself.

Learn more about the Perfect Plate, an easy nutrition strategy that can help you lose weight and eat healthier!

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 3 — Use Our 4×4 Eating System To Make Meals Easy!

Many diets encourage you to eat six small meals throughout the day. But who has time for that much meal prep?!

Instead of dedicating your entire day to food, all you have to do is make four Perfect Plates a day and eat them four hours apart.

Here's the ideal timing of perfectly-proportioned meals:

  • Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
  • Snack at 4:00 p.m.
  • Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Not everyone's schedule allows for a strict four-hour eating policy, and that's OK.

Eating four hours apart is just the optimal amount of time to digest, maintain stable blood sugar, burn fat, and eat the right amount of calories.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 4 — Eat A LOW Carb Breakfast

There is a perfect recipe for an energizing and fat-burning breakfast. But guess what — orange juice and toast are not parts of it!

The perfect breakfast breaks the Perfect Plate rule because it exempts carbs.

The reason for this is a little scientific. Our hormone levels are different when we wake up then they are the rest of the day.

In particular, fat-burning hormones are highest in the morning. We have a special opportunity to get ahead of fat burning with our first meal of the day.

To take full advantage of our breakfast, we need to cut carbs, eat good fats, and HYDRATE.

Drinking water first thing in the morning makes sure you keep a consistent level of energy and fat burning all day long.

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Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 5 — Choose 3 “Go-To” Proteins, Carbs, and Fats

You're probably thinking, “The diet makes sense so far, but how do I make this work in my daily life? Food isn't the only thing I have to focus on.”

Luckily, there's an easy answer to that.

If you choose three go-to foods for each of the three key categories (protein, fat, and carbs), you will never run out of things to eat!

You have plenty of delicious choices. For example, steak, chicken, and eggs could be your three go-to protein foods.

Oatmeal, rice, and fruit could be your three go-to carbs. Avocado, nuts, and olive oil could be your three go-to fats.

The best way to manage this weight loss diet is to purchase and prep your three go-to foods for each category in bulk.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 6 — PLAN a “Free Meal” Once Every Week

Being on a weight loss diet does not mean that you can't eat out with your family or have a slice of cake on your son's birthday.

The beauty of the Fit Father Project is that it's meant for working fathers who have a busy schedule!

With this strategy, you're given one meal per week to let loose, eat food with your friends and family, and simply enjoy life.

There is a strategy behind your free meal, too.

Ideally, you should plan your workout before your free meal so that your body can process the calories properly.

For more information on how the Fit Father Project molds to your life as an active dad, check out our FF30X Program.

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Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 7 — Stay Hydrated to Help Fat Loss

Water — and lots of it — is essential to your body when trying to burn fat.

The benefits of drinking the proper amount of water exceed just fat burning, though.

Water keeps you full throughout the day, supports your metabolism, prevents headaches, and keeps your energy levels high.

What is the proper amount of water? Men need from 100 to 150 ounces of water EVERY DAY.

It can be hard to remember to drink all the water you need. The best way is to fill up a large water bottle and carry it with you all day.

For those of you who don't like plain water, try flavoring it with lemon, lime or even drinking herbal tea.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 8 — Cycle Food Intake, Depending On Activity

After you exercise, your body is in the best possible position to organize calories.

Nutrient partitioning is the art of your body putting calories into good places, like muscle cells, instead of bad places, like fat cells.

This is important to know because you can plan your biggest meal around the day after a workout to gain the most benefit.

If you work out in the morning, it's best to eat breakfast after you work out to allow your body to place all those nutrients in the right spots.

Similarly, you should eat dinner after you work out if you exercise in the evening.

What's even smarter is to sync up your free meal with a workout.

If you're already planning on a pizza night with the family, work out beforehand, so all of those (many) calories get put in the right spots.

Not sure where to start, check out our No. 1 recommended fat-burning workout for men over 40 here.

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Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 9 — Track Your Results and Adjust As You Go

Here's something that we need to believe in during this process: The scale is not your enemy. It's actually your best feedback tool.

There's no point in dieting if you're not checking your progress. After all, progress is what all of this is about!

Weighing yourself is the only way to know if the meal plan is working for you.

In order to keep track, you should weigh yourself daily, or at least twice a week.

When you're weighing yourself, you should be checking to see if your weight loss plateaus. If this happens, don't panic!

Plateauing weight loss means that you're ready to scale carbs, tighten portions, and increase your veggies and proteins.

Weight Loss Diet for Men Principle 10 — Eat Cholesterol to Increase Testosterone

Yes, you read that right. We're recommending that you eat more cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a key nutrient that guys over 40 NEED to stay healthy.

It's the backbone of testosterone, a key part of a healthy immune system, and a necessary energy source.

Most guys think of cholesterol as something BAD that they should avoid.

It actually turns out that the RIGHT KINDS of cholesterol can really improve your heart health and hormone levels.

While you shouldn't make fatty steaks and meat a habit in your diet, you should include one egg in your morning routine.

You can put a raw egg into a shake or cook an egg as part of your low-carb breakfast.

Either way, they are an eggcellent way to give your body the cholesterol it actually needs.

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Let's Eat! Here's A Sample Meal Plan To Follow

If all of this food talk is making you hungry, I've got good news.

Below, you'll find some exact recipes you should use for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A Balanced Breakfast

The best breakfasts are ones you wake up excited to eat. Try these recipes to get you off on the right foot.

Breakfast 1

  • 3 eggs + 2 whites scrambled
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 6 oz black coffee

Breakfast 2

  • 7 oz organic ham
  • Sautéed veggies
  • 1 whole egg
  • 8 oz green tea

Breakfast 3: Fat Burning Breakfast Shake

  • 1.5 scoops of whey protein
  • 2 tablespoons of organic cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • Water and ice
  • To prepare, all you have to do is mix all the ingredients in a blender, adding more water as needed.

A Filling Lunch

When you've reached the middle of the day, all you want is to fill up on some carbs.

But there's no way you can eat a sandwich on a diet … right?

WRONG! Our recipe for the Ezekiel Bread “Manwich” is a balanced sandwich that will keep you going for the second half of the day.

Lunch Recipe: Ezekiel Bread “Manwich”

  • 2 slices Ezekiel Bread
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 6 oz turkey breast, deli-sliced
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper

A Dinner for Champions

It's time to end the day with another savory, healthy meal.

All of our recipes are great for your whole family, so you can always share this time with your loved ones.

Dinner Recipe: Beef Stir Fry

  • 1 1/2 lb flank or sirloin steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Brown rice, cooked
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Beef Stir Fry Preparation Instructions

  • Slice your steak into 1 to 1.5-inch strips.
  • Place the steak in a big skillet. You want to position the steak in a single layer with the pieces close together.
  • Begin heating the skillet to medium-high heat.
  • While the skillet is heating, add the following: 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup water, and 1 tsp of salt.
  • Cover the skillet and bring the water to a simmer.
  • Let the steak cook, until your desired level of firmness.
  • Once the steak is cooked, remove it from the pan.
  • With the juices still in the pan, add the following to the pan: sliced peppers, sliced onion, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon extra olive oil.
  • Sauté the vegetables for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the steak back into the skillet, and serve 7 oz of the meat with 3/4 cup brown rice.

Get more great recipe ideas here!

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

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

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*Please know that weight loss results and 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 10 principles of the best weight loss diet for men.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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