Diet Plans for Men

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After four years of following one Atkins high-protein/low-carb diet. He started losing weight within the first week. After four months, he was back to wearing his new lean and mean wardrobe.

“I really thought, OK, this is it. I’m home free.”

Then came the holidays — office parties, family dinners — and when they were over, Leicher had regained 10 pounds and was on his way back to being fad diets and popular weight loss programs are individual success stories — and important information for anyone looking to lose weight.

“If you look at all these studies, you find that on almost any diet, some people do very well and others don’t lose any weight at all,” says Janet King, PhD, professor of psychologist at the University of Minnesota, believes choosing a regimen that most closely matches the way you like to eat is crucial. She offers a provocative reason. “Studies show that self-control is a limited resource,” says Vohs. “People may have an easy time giving something up the first time. But when people are repeatedly asked to exhibit self-control, that ability begins to erode.”

It’s easier to eat a healthy meal for breakfast, in other words, than to stick with a diet plan once dinner rolls around, especially if it means saying no to foods you love. And by extension, it’s easier to stick with a diet that doesn’t eliminate most of the foods you love.

One Man’s Diet Plan

That’s a lesson Marv Leicher took to heart when he decided to abandon popular diets and fashion his own weight loss regimen. “Basically, I picked and chose from the strategies that seemed easiest for me to follow,” he says. “It was no big deal to give up soft drinks and fruit drinks, so I did that religiously. No liquid calories. I’m not the kind of guy who can eat just half of what’s in front of him, so I gave up trying to divide portions. Instead, I decided, no desserts. At lunch, I used to go out with people from the office. Now I bring a cup of yogurt and some trail mix, and if the weather’s good I take a half hour walk and eat a quick lunch. Little stuff like that.”

Little stuff. But for Leicher, it adds up to big results. Over the past year, he’s lost 30 pounds. Best of all, he’s keeping them off.