Posted on 06/7/2018
Hi. I'm Rene Ficek, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. June is Men's Health Month and we wanted to take a minute to focus on some nutrients and nutritions specific to men.
Let's first start with calorie needs. Men are generally bigger, taller and have more muscle mass, so they need more calories. The average physically active 30 year old female needs about 2,000 calories a day, compared to her male counterpart who needs about 2,800 calories per day. However, despite this extra calorie allowance, men suffer from being overweight and obese at disproportionately higher rates than women. So why? Well, to boil it down, men are consuming more calories than their bodies are burning.
So men, switch from larger plates to smaller plates to cut out several hundred calories, and really cut down on your high fat meat portions.
Men specifically tend to over consume high fat meats. So a five ounce portion is really all you need, it's not that 20 ounce Porterhouse steak.
And men also, selenium, an extra amount of selenium in your diet can help reduce rates of prostate cancer. And while meat does have some selenium in it, so do other vegetarian sources like mushrooms, spinach and beans.
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