You don’t have to suffer through a girly diet to lose belly fat. No “lemonade drinks”, or pepper shakes. Forget all that crap. Here are some dieting concepts that let you lose some weight without surrendering your man-card.
Eat like a guy, sweat like a guy, do man stuff. Here’s the best way to lose belly fat for men, while doing men things.
Intermittent fasting is all about structure. You define each day with a “eating” and “no eating” designation. An optimal fasting period would be for 16 straight hours. Meaning you wouldn’t consume solid food for that duration, then consume all daily calories in the subsequent 8 hours.
This diet instils built in discipline, telling you when to eat and when not to eat. It also influences your metabolism, and natural growth hormones.
The Good: You’ll eat bigger meals than typical diets. The food variety is very liberal, allowing you to eat carbs as often as you’d like within your eating time frame.
The Bad: This diet is very love it or hate it, because you’ll go long stretches without eating any food. A minimum fasting period would be around 14 hours, which is not exactly social friendly.
Carb cycling is the practice of altering your level of carbs per day based on the expected activity. If you’re going to exercise, maybe get in some intense cardio, you’d want to have carbs in your system to boost your energy.
Same with lifting weights. You’d want to have carbs in meals that day because they’re part of the muscle building process.
On days with little activity you’d keep your carbs of all kinds as close to zero as possible.
The Good: It optimizes your calories based on your needs. Your hormones, and metabolism will respond well to the inflow of good and bad carbs every week.
The Bad: Meal scheduling can become a problem, because you have different sets of rules for different days. You would need to prepare low, mid, and high carb meals at different times of the week.
A zero carb diet is exactly what it sounds like. You try to keep your carbohydrate intake as low as possible for the duration of your diet. Your meals would be packed with meat, cheese, and even some butter. But no rice and potatoes.
The Good: Your body will absolutely melt fat off over several weeks due to lack of available high energy resources from food. You get to eat like a caveman and consume massive amounts of protein.
The Bad: You will need to exercise with little carb intake, which is less than optimal. You’ll feel sluggish at times. It can be very difficult to go long periods of time without bread, rice, or other common carb sources. This is a high discipline diet.
Weight Lifting – Large Muscle Groups
As for exercise, do what guys do. Lift heavy stuff, and grunt while you do it. Focus on large compound movements like the bench press, deadlift, squat, and even some power cleans.
You want to focus on large muscle groups because they have a direct influence on your resting metabolic rate. The more muscle on your frame the more calories you burn… while doing nothing.
Just having the muscle on your person requires calories to maintain.