Another year has gone by and another year has shown little to no results. The idea of starting over in the New Year is a nice concept but it is not something that usually plays out. Most men want to be like they were when they were in their early 20’s, that’s why they make a resolution. How is this year going to be any different than the rest? Well starting off, this year you are going to be more educated than the rest. This article is designed to help men who are between the ages 30 – 45. This article will cover what supplements that should be taken to help with weight loss and increase lean muscle mass. It will also discuss certain foods to be eaten throughout the year that can help with increasing proper hormones and boosting metabolism. If you want to learn more about exercises you can find a variety of workouts on our Blog.
Vitamins & Supplements
Supplementation is crucial to weight loss and health. Remember supplements do not replace actual nutrients from food, but they help to support and increase health with a proper diet. Here are five supplements that can be taken in conjunction throughout the day to help change your health for the better this upcoming year.
7-Keto is a non-hormonal metabolite of DHEA. DHEA is one of the most abundant hormones in the body and can help increase lean muscle mass. The body naturally produces 7-keto for energy. Taking this before a workout may help with an increase in lean muscle mass, shedding fat, and increasing metabolism. Taking 7-keto throughout the day can help retain muscle from a workout while dieting, and also help improve energy. 7-keto has also been correlated with increasing the metabolism by maintaining a healthy anabolic state. This product is a great supplement for beginner to advanced lifters. 7-keto has been shown to be helpful for cutting weight, whether it is just a few pounds or 20+ pounds. Using this while on a diet is most effective because it helps with energy, muscle mass, and fat burning. The optimal dose for weight loss is between 100 to 200mgs a day.
The amino acid L-carnitine can be found in red meats, dairy products and avocados. This amino acid is one of the most crucial amino acids for men because of its ability to build muscle, help produce healthy semen, and burn fat. There are few amino acids as important as carnitine, when it comes to men’s health. Carnitine has been shown to help preserve muscle while on a strict low calorie diet. It has also shown to be very effective at converting fat into energy while exercising. Taking this in conjunction with 7-keto before a workout will help with natural energy, building muscle, and fat burning. Carnitine has also been shown to help with producing healthy semen and erection strength or morning wood. This may be a sign that it helps with increasing testosterone naturally.
DIM or Diindolyl methane can be found in very green veggies. Its main claim to fame is that it helps with metabolizing estrogen. As men age estrogen conversion begins to raise, which leads to fat storage and extra emotions. Using a product like DIM on a daily basis can help with decreasing estrogen conversion, allowing the body to have a more healthy production of testosterone, which can lead to fat loss and more muscle. DIM has been shown to be highly effective for men over the age of 30.
You cannot find L-Dopa sold by itself because it is only found in extracts. The most popular extract is Mucuna Pruriens. The scientific name is L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine, and it is a non essential amino acid. When consuming L-Dopa it has been shown to release Dopamine into the brain which is an important neurotransmitter. Dopamine has been associated with cognition, libido and climax, and deep restful sleep. Many users correlate L-Dopa supplements with lean muscle mass.
ZMA stands for Zinc Monomethione Asparate. All ZMA products have an addition of Magnesium and B6 to maximize absorption of Zinc Monomethione Asparate. Zinc is crucial to any active individual and any male over the age of 25. Zinc has been shown to help with increasing the natural production of free testosterone, so as you can see this works in conjunction with DIM. Taking this before bed can help increase testosterone, improve recovery and stabilize healthy hormones. Using this before bed each night may also help improve libido.
Diet & Nutrition
Here are four nutrient packed foods that can help improve one’s health and fight off fat. If you are ready to make a change this upcoming year, add this to your arsenal while eating each day.
Yams / Sweet potatoes
Wild Yams and Sweet Potatoes have many health benefits for men. Just to name a few of these benefits: Heart health, digestion, blood sugar, weight loss, and hormone regulation. For the sake of this article we will talk about weight loss and hormone regulation. Wild Yams have been correlated to helping with natural production of hormones in men. This may be very beneficial as men age. Yams or sweet potatoes have also been shown to raise body temperature, which can help with burning more calories and cutting off some extra pounds.
Broccoli has been shown to have powerful anticancer properties, which should give enough reason to eat it. Here are a few more reason is you need them: a healthy amount of calcium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. For a healthy option when eating a snack or cutting weight, Broccoli is the way to go.
Mushrooms are also known to help fight cancer. They are very high in antioxidants, which help fight off cancer cells. Mushrooms add a unique flavor to many dishes and are easy to fix into just about any dish. You can cook them or eat them raw, whichever is more preferable for each person.
Artichokes are right up there with Broccoli. If you desire to live a long and healthy life, eating Artichokes on regular basis can really help your chances. Some report that Artichokes help with libido, but what we know is that it can help prevent strokes, it has a high dose of vitamin C and it loaded with flavonoids and polyphenols.
A Healthy New Year for Men
The New Year is almost here and this upcoming year is going to be different than the rest. If you are ready to build muscle and get rid of the belly fat, you are more educated to accomplish this goal. Men over the age of 30 begin to decrease in overall performance, deciding to grab a hold of your life now can help improve your quality of life.