Men and women have unique needs and physiologies when it comes to what their bodies require from a diet. While a low-carb diet has been shown effective for both sexes, men and women will respond differently based on how their bodies work.
If you haven’t checked out our companion post, 7 ways low-carb diets are different for women click it now to see the female perspective on low-carb dieting.
Here are niKETO’s 7 ways low-carb diets are different for men.
1. LOW-CARB MAY BE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR MEN
Men tend to lose fat faster at the beginning of a diet, while women are better at avoiding weight-loss stalls.
But since low-carb diets are being heavily studied in recent times, it’s only natural that a close look at how low-carb affects each sex was inevitable.
Early indications show that while low-carb is a great diet despite a person’s sex, low-carb might just be most effective for men. Studies have found that men can eat a higher percentage of calories compared to women when on a low-carb diet and still lose weight as effectively or faster.
The studies also show that gut fat, usually the last fat to go, was lost at a higher rate in men than with other diet plans.
2. PROSTATE HEALTH
Recent studies are suggesting that carbohydrate restriction can slow prostate cancer growth. Working backwards, these studies have set forth the idea that eating a low-carb diet and cutting processed sugars can actually go a long way in preventing prostate cancer.
Additionally, low-carb diets are credited with helping to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with prostate illness treatments like androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) which can lead to issues like type 2 diabetes and bone mineral loss.
Eating low-carb can cut these problems off before they even begin.
Often times, men are scared away from low-carb diets when they hear that low-carb equals a drop in testosterone. But this is a myth that comes from selective data gathering.
It’s true that over an extensive period of low-carb dieting with no deviation, athletes who train for mass gains can experience a dip in basal testosterone levels… meaning their cortisol to testosterone ratios change, making muscle growth more difficult.
But the average low-carb dieter who doesn’t engage in heavy training with the purpose of gaining ever-increasing muscle mass has nothing to worry about, and in truth, testosterone levels have been show to improve for men who aren’t on a strict training schedule.
Fear not if you are into heavy training. Low-carb is great for retaining muscle during cuts, and you can avoid the basal testosterone level dip by eating low-carb in the proper cycle that introduces carbs at a specific point in the week or right before work outs.
4. SEX DRIVE
Some men report lowered sex drive on low-carb diets.
The truth is, men report lowered sex drive on ALL diets meant to cut weight. The nice thing is that it’s usually only a temporary side-effect as you adjust to your new way of eating.
Unfortunately, it can be one of the longer lasting side effects as your mentality plays a huge role in your sex drive. The longer you go with a sagging libido, the more self-conscious you become about it, and the problem shifts from physical to mental.
The fix is simple: let nature take its course. Your sex drive will rev back up once your body and mind adapt. And if you want a boost, try dark chocolate, it stimulates the same pleasure centers as sex.
5. ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Yes, those words are uncomfortable, but fear not, low-carb can help.
It’s been shown that diet is a major factor in every part of a person’s life, so is it any surprise that your food intake can help or hurt erectile function? This study shows that body fat percentage is a huge player in erection health and that transfats and empty calories -like possessed sugars- negatively impact your heart, blood flow and ultimately your erection.
6. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Alzheimer’s is a problem no matter a person’s sex. The issue is that its onset is usually earlier in men, faster acting, and symptoms in men can be less obvious.
For decades, doctors have been trying to find therapeutic interventions and natural ways to prevent AD, and while the jury is still out –because the testing is so new- low-carb diets have shown great promise in aiding the brain in avoiding AD.
7. COLON CANCER
Again, this is a problem everyone faces and should be tested for early and as often as medically recommended, but men tend to get colon cancer at a far younger age than most women and in greater numbers as a whole.
But eating a low-carb diet has been shown to starve the growth of tumors, especially in the colon (as well as the brain, the lungs, and the pancreas).
The studies have also shown that in addition to preventing the formation of tumors in the colon and elsewhere, eating a low-carb diet significantly increases survival time and recovery.
So fellas, worry not because low-carb dieting is here to help!