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If You’re Not Eating Steak And Drinking Beer, You’re Dieting Wrong

Steak and Beer Diet Can Help You Lose WeightEverything you’ve been told about dieting might be a fallacy. Instead of eating like a bird (salads, nuts, leafy greens), dietitian and personal trainer Jim White says women should ‘eat like a man‘—ditching diet foods in turn for steaks and full fat ingredients.

While the term ‘eat like a man’ rubs me the wrong way (pointing out similar gender stereotypes the recent ‘Run Like A Girl‘ campaign stirred up), the idea of what I think it means gets me exited.

Ditching diet foods in favor of full fat alternatives? Grabbing a beer instead of a cocktail? That’s way more my style than picking anything off a reduced-calorie menu!

White believes that the aforementioned ‘dude-style habits,’ and others like it, can help women successfully drop pounds.

Okay, that sounds amazing. But does it actually work?

Citing research from the University of Toronto, White says:

“‘Restrained eaters are more likely to overeat before starting a diet and binge after they end it than ones who don’t go on restrictive diets.”

Okay, that makes sense. Another good point?

Men rarely ever diet–though they may try to eat healthier or better, it’s uncommon to hear the D-word come out of a guy’s mouth.

So how exactly can women reap the benefits of the alpha-male’s eating habits?

First, White advises women to be skeptical of low-calorie foods labeled ‘diet,’ because they often lack fat and protein to keep us feeling full, and can be hiding extra sugar and sodium (yuck). Next up is trading your sad salad for a savory steak, because protein will keep you fuller longer and is essential for dropping pounds. At the bar, order a beer instead of a cocktail, which is lower in calories and also help you feel full. And among all other things, drink water, eat more often and don’t deprive yourself.

I’ll be honest: According to these guidelines, I typically ‘eat like a man’ every day. Really, I’m just eating like myself–and I’m sure tons of other women have similar eating styles.

For those who haven’t, don’t expect drastic results crazy fast: Thanks to testosterone, men lose weight faster than women do. But at the very least, if you have been depriving yourself, maybe it’s time to give it a try.

If anything, it’s an excuse to eat more steak and drink more beer–and I, for one, love those incentives!

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  • Mysty Nyckel

    Love it! I agree!

    • Erin Kelly

      My “diet” starts… now!

  • Ay.

    I don’t know about eating like a man. But, I think that a woman or anyone should be able to eat in a way that is satisfying not enslaving.

    While there may be several benefits associated to weight loss, I don’t think that they can be a justification to accept to go through extreme diets or workouts that may simply be too hard to keep up with on the long term.

    A good thing is that there are ways to lose weight while still eating delicious food and not being enslaved to a super hard workout. One of them appears may be the one discussed here: specialfatloss.com

    When it comes to weight loss, I think that what is desired is long term result, so why bother with diet plans that may not be sustainable?

    • Erin Kelly

      Agreed! Most diet plans aren’t sustainable, making a lifestyle change the most effective thing you can do.

  • Laura Smith

    There is no need to over-complicate things when it comes to weight / fat
    loss. What it all boils down to is this: If you create a calorie
    deficit by burning more calories than you consume, you lose weight, It
    really is that simple. I have lost 40lbs in 12 weeks following a diet
    and fitness program http://dietplansreviewed.net/ recommended which does
    just that with a healthy balanced diet and an exercise routine. There
    is no need to over-complicate things and it is not rocket-science.
    Eat like a man? No thanks, there is no need to!