Men, Diet is No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Men, Diet is No Longer a Four-Letter Word

Men & DietIt’s time for us to stop being a statistic and start taking control of our health.

Despite the alarming obesity epidemic in the United States, many men continue to scoff at the idea of watching what they eat. Call it machismo or stubbornness if you like, but we have to stop fooling ourselves.

In a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Poll more men (28%) were found to be overweight than women (25%). Interestingly, overweight men were also less likely to identify themselves as such.

Combine this with the fact that men are also less likely to seek treatment for health-related ailments, and you have a recipe for disaster. It is no wonder the average lifespan of a man in the U.S. is at least six years shorter than that of a women, or that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men.

Most men consider taking care of their family priority #1.  Being a man should not only mean taking care of your family, but also taking care of yourself. As men we need to take a more active role in our health to ensure we will always be there for our families. Not to mention, we must seriously consider the example we are setting for our children.

The Alternative

Having lost my father at the age of 50, I know all too well what the alternative is, and it’s unfortunate that I am not alone. My father passed away three years before the birth of his first grandchild. He missed seeing me graduate from college, my brother’s wedding, and countless other precious family moments. He was roughly my age (34) when he was diagnosed with diabetes. Despite his diagnosis he didn’t follow a nutritional plan the way he should have. The result was a slow deterioration of health…worsening eyesight, neuropathy, and heart problems.

The reality of having started my own family and reaching the age when my father was diagnosed was a watershed moment for me.  I made a vow to attempt to live a healthier life, so I could make sure I would be there for my family in the long run. I started exercising more and eating a little better. I was feeling pretty good, but the truth was…I was still overweight and having a hard time losing any more weight. Like many men the only diets I had been introduced to came from watching my mother, wife, and other female friends try any number of the flash-in-a-pan programs out there. Most seemed to work in the short term, but seemed really unpleasant to subject yourself to. Worst of all, they didn’t seem to be a long term solution to keep the weight off. I started doing some research into the diets of professional athletes, when one particular analogy struck me.

If your body was an expensive sports car that you wanted to maintain and keep running at optimal performance you would make sure to put only the highest quality fuel in it wouldn’t you… so what are you fueling your body with?

At 30 some years of age I had never really considered food to be the “fuel for my body.” When I was hungry I ate and had great pleasure in eating a fine meal, but never even thought about how best to “fuel” my body. Ignorance is bliss as they say.  This brings me to about one year ago, when I was first introduced to UNI KEY Health and Ann Louise Gittleman.  I really wanted to try the Smoothie Shakedown plan in part to learn more about it, but also because I had been having such a hard time losing weight. I have to say, this stuff is amazing!

I know, I know…I work for them, of course I am going to say it’s amazing. Well, the proof is in the pudding or the smoothie in this case.  I lost 10 lbs in one week and not only have I kept it off, but I’ve since lost an additional 5 lbs and certainly lost inches as well. It’s nice seeing people I haven’t seen in a while ask if I have lost weight. The best part is it’s such an easy plan to follow. I wish I would have found it years ago. I can honestly say I am the lightest I have been since I was 18 thanks to Smoothie Shakedown!

What makes this program so perfect for men?

Nutritionally it is made of the finest natural ingredients. With one of the highest Protein Efficiency Ratios on the market, the blend of pea and rice proteins provides a complete protein source of essential amino acids. Pea is high in lysine, the amino acid typically deficient in rice, while rice provides the sulfur-bearing amino acids, cysteine and methionine, which are lacking in pea protein.  Sweetened with stevia, an all-natural herbal sweetener and inulin, a pre-biotic that helps nourish friendly bacteria in the GI tract, Body Protein contains 20 grams of protein per serving to help keep you feeling sustained while keeping you lean and strong. Just drop in your favorite fruit to make a delicious smoothie and enjoy a quick breakfast, pre- or post-workout boost, or satisfying meal replacement! On top of all that the plan has a daily dose of Weight Loss Formula, Dieters’ Multivitamin & Mineral, and GLA-90. These three formulas assist in cleansing and detoxing the liver as well as boosting energy and metabolism.

Going into my Smoothie Shakedown experience I assumed I would be incredibly hungry and would have difficulty sticking with the diet. To the contrary, the smoothies kept me full, and I was still able to have a nice steak dinner and all the veggies I could eat. While in the first two weeks I even did some light exercise with no problem. Admittedly, some days were better than others, but seeing the results kept me motivated and following the program. One of the best things for me was having knowledgeable advice and support from the staff here at UNI KEY. The great thing is, between our forum members and Wellness Consultants, every Shakedowner has that same experience. UNI KEY has a network of people eager to help answer your questions and reach your goals.

I challenge all the men reading this to join me in making better choices for ourselves and taking a more active role in fueling our bodies for optimal health. If not for us, then for our families. Far too many of us are becoming ill as a result of poor nutrition. Take the first step to a healthier lifestyle today. It’s ok, a D-I-E-T is not such a bad thing after all.

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Comments (2)

  • liz January 16, 2013 - 1:00 am Reply

    Really interesting. So good to hear your point of view.

  • Sierra January 16, 2013 - 11:43 pm Reply

    Chris!! This is amazing! I really appreciate your perspective, and it’s so refreshing to hear a man talk about nutrition without turning it into a joke, or contrarily into an obsession. There definitely is a healthy middle ground where guys can take responsibility of their health without having to put themselves through the ‘torture’ that most guys equate to dieting. So proud of you!

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