Diet Plans For Men

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Posted by Linda O'Byrne (Atkins Nutritionist)

In our experience, men choose to diet for a variety of reasons.

You may be looking to lose weight, build muscle, finally achieve those six-pack abs or simply embark on a healthier lifestyle, but with so many diet options for men out there, how do you know which one is right for you?

Atkins can provide you with a clear, structured plan that will help you achieve your targets. We like to be completely open about the science behind our diet, providing you with all the support you need to enjoy effective, sustainable weight loss.

What are your goals?

When considering your diet plan, it is important to clearly define your main motivation before you start. You may be hoping to shed a few pounds in time for the summer holidays or a special occasion such as a wedding, or you may be looking to the long term to improve your overall health.

Quick weight loss is the goal for many men, but many of the diet plans that promise this are often deeply flawed. For example, by just cutting out calories you are leaving yourself susceptible to hunger pangs that will leave you constantly tempted to eat carb-heavy foods.

Atkins can offer sustainable, long term weight loss whilst making it easier to combat cravings and make your plan a lifelong change. We feel our programme is one of the best diet plans for men, as it gets your body to burn fat, instead of carbs, while still allowing you to enjoy a variety of tasty meals.

Sticking with the plan

Atkins recommends reducing your carb intake, not cutting them out completely. You can include complex carbs, from vegetables, right from day one. Then gradually add back ‘good’ carbs such as fruit, pulses, starchier veg and whole grains.  Yet by reducing intake of refined or sugary carbs your body burns fat for energy, instead of burning carbs from the food you eat.

We also recommend adding dietary fat to every meal.  Fat keeps you feeling fuller and your body will burn the fat you eat, as well as body fat, as a source of energy.

Our site has lots of recipes that will help you stick to the plan and you can continue to enjoy your food. You will see that you can still eat items such as seafood, steak, butter, cheese and even drink alcohol (after the two-week induction period). The only change you will notice is the absence of carb-heavy items such as pasta, rice, bread and sugary foods.

The final Maintenance stage of your diet is key, and if you follow the plan correctly you will arrive here naturally, cutting out carb-rich foods (except vegetables) at first and then adding back carbs from other sources as you get closer to your target weight. This way, you can continue to eat all the foods you love while maintaining your target weight.

We think that once you have researched Atkins, you will see it is the best diet for you. By making the most of our plan, you find that your goals are not just achievable, they will occur naturally.