Today, more and more men are looking for diet plans specifically tailor for them. If you've been to a magazine stand still, you've probably noticed that the cover of almost every fitness and health magazine is promoting a new diet or some other weight loss technique.
Come to think of it, if you bought every one of those magazines, you could spend days (or even weeks) learning all of the latest and greatest diets for men. Many of these will work for some people but not for others, so unless you try all of them how will you know which one will work for you?
The simple answer is to take stock of your own lifestyle first. What are your goals? How much time you have available? What activities do you enjoy? You can then find a couple of diet rules that fit in with that in order to give you the greatest benefit.
Now we get a little scientific by conducting an experiment to find the best overall plan for you.
Buy a couple of the more popular health magazines for men, or just do a little web surfing and find some websites or blogs that look like they know what they are talking about. Try to focus on those that promote weight loss plans for men. Read about the diet or weight loss rule they are promoting and making a few notes about it, such as listing the pros and cons.
Draw up a list of the ones that you think would work for you, and most importantly that you'd like to try (keeping yourself interested is vital). Whittle this list down to the best five. What you will be doing with this list is trying each technique in turn and recording its effects in a logical and scientific way over a two-week period.
At the start of the two weeks, take some body measurements and write them down. I would suggest recording your weight, your waist circumference and your chest circumference. If there's any other part of your body you want to lose fat from, then measure that too.
Follow the given technique diligently for two weeks and then measure yourself again. If you do not see any (or only slight) improvement, then this technique probably is not for you, so move on to the next one.
One good tip I should mention is do not measure yourself every day. Weight loss does not happen in a linear fashion as it tends to have plateaus and even occasional increases. Measuring yourself each day just highlights this and you may get discouraged. Stick to the two-week period.
Continue with each technique and after the full ten weeks are up, you'll notice two important things. First of all, you may well be thinner and fitter than at the beginning – well done! Secondly, you'll know for sure which diet plans worked well and that you enjoyed following. This proves they are a great fit for your lifestyle and your current goals.
Of the diet plans that worked, draw up a schedule where you follow each one again for another two-week period. This is a great way to prevent any boredom of doing the same technique for months on end. Also, consider making some goals (such as reaching a certain weight, or having a particular waist measurement) and reward yourself once you achieve them.
Of the plans that did not work, do not throw them away just yet. If they made your top five, then there must be something good about them. Hang on to them because in the future they might end up being useful. Some of the techniques you enjoy now may not be so enjoyable in a few years from now. As your needs and interests in life change, so can your diet plan.
Your next step is to start researching and finding those diet plans. There is plenty of information on diet plans for men on my website (see my resource box), so that's a good place to start. You should also buy a couple of health and diet magazines for more ideas.
The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be on the path to weight loss success.