Weight Loss for Men Over 40 – Benefits of Food Awareness
Weight loss for men over 40 can be difficult. For many dads and guys trying to follow healthy diet plans, thinking about food the right way can be one of the biggest hurdles to achieving lasting change.
For decades now we have been conditioned to think that fast, easy, or “grab and go” food that we can eat on the go or with minimal preparation is the best option. And no wonder.
Food companies and manufacturers can produce these kinds of foods cheaply and charge more for them than their fresh counterparts.
All of that messaging has resulted in a lowering of our general awareness of foods.
So perhaps its time to take a look at the benefits of being aware of where your food comes from and how it is raised or grown, and second, why it pays to be more aware of what you eat and how you eat and it may just help with weight loss for men over 40.
Knowing those things and incorporating a bit of food awareness into your life will have long-term benefits for your health and your fitness goals, whether that’s getting abs, weight loss for men over 40, or just giving yourself some more reasons to stick to a healthy diet plan.
Being Aware of How Your Food is Made
Food awareness in terms of knowing where food comes from and, more importantly, how it is grown or raised, has become increasingly important in recent years, especially for the sole purpose of weight loss for men over 40.
Consumers are demanding more detail about how their food comes to the table, and producers and supermarkets are adapting to that demand by adding tracking labels, provenance stickers and setting up websites that consumers can use to search for information and accreditation.
While animal welfare and organic food are accepted as being “good” we were more interested in the science-backed benefits of organic foods for humans.
The most commonly used additional ingredient in growing most fruit and vegetables are pesticides. While these compounds have tangible benefits for crop yields and have been scrutinized by regulators all over the world, there is a renewed focus on the possible negative effects.
For example, a recent court case in the United States found that much of the safety data for the common herbicide Roundup had been falsified.
It has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” meaning that it is likely to be a contributing factor to cancer.
Other pesticides have been labelled as being possible contributors to lower sperm quality in men, as well as increased levels of ADHD, a condition that affects boys disproportionately.
Another study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops were less likely to contain heavy metals. These trace metals such as cadmium are toxic to the kidney, liver, and other vital organs.
Recent research has also found that far from being the enemy, healthy fats are a required macro nutrient in our diets to help maintain healthy hearts and cholesterol levels. These healthy fats are found in a diverse range of foods from fish to avocados to nuts. Organically reared meat, as well as organic milk, have 50% more beneficial fat than their non-organic counterparts. That difference is quite staggering in a world where a 5% difference in nutritional content is deemed “significant”.
Antibiotic resistance in animals is also of major concern to the World Health Organisation, with the fear that mass-produced meat pumped full of antibiotics to increase yield will make its way up the food chain and contribute to resistance in humans.
That is bad news as it will mean many of the benefits of modern medicine will disappear as simple infections are no longer treatable by front line medications. Organic meats produced without antibiotics are well ahead on this score.
In addition, beneficial antioxidants have also been found to be higher in some organic vegetables, with more studies into different produce planned to see if the effect is replicated across more fruits and veggies.
Being Aware of How You Eat
Food and meals sometimes fade into the background as something that “needs to be done” rather than something that is appreciated or even noticed.
Lunches on the run, skipped breakfasts, and late weeknight dinners all contribute to this and the reduced effectiveness of any healthy diet plan, and definitely injures the goal of any weight loss for men over 40.
But some simple questions and habits can help make anyone better at noticing what they eat and choosing better options.
There are some questions you can jot down on the note-taking app on your phone or on a post-it to check every couple of days that can help with this:
-When was the last time I had a meal that was fully balanced (protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats)? This kind of meal could be a breakfast of two eggs, a piece of wholegrain toast, half an avocado, a cup of tea or coffee with milk, and a piece of fruit.
-How many serves of fruit and vegetable did I have in the last three days? For the record, most health authorities say that the optimal amount is five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit per day. Very few men get anywhere near that.
-How many alcoholic drinks did I have this week and how many nights in total did I drink? Social drinking can be great fun and a part of life, but taking days off from an after-work beer and not having more than 2-3 drinks per session is recommended.
-Am I eating a good mix of foods? Is there variety in your diet? Or is it based on the same ingredients over and over? For example, pizza, pasta and sandwiches might seem different, but in reality, if you have those three things day after day, your diet is carbohydrate-dominated and likely to be lower in other macronutrients, fruit, and vegetables.
Small increases in knowledge about the benefits of different kinds of food and regularly asking yourself the questions above result in increased awareness about your food and a much greater likelihood of achieving your health goals.
In our No Gym Guide, we provide easy to follow information on food groups and easy recipes.
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