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The Guy’s Guide to Getting Started with Healthy Eating

August 1, 2017 | Categories:

Men and women approach their bodies, healthy eating and weight loss differently. Often a man’s approach is a discreet decision and something men feel like they need to deal with themselves, says our resident weight loss expert Liz Josefsberg. Liz helped Charles Barkley lose weight with Weight Watchers and helped Weight Watchers develop the Weight Watchers Online for Men product.

“Resolving to lose weight and eat better is something men want to handle very personally and privately,” Josefsberg says. Here are her tips on how to get started with weight loss, following a healthy eating plan and be successful without depriving yourself.


When working with Barkley, Josefsberg knew it was important to give him a game plan so he could be successful. “Many of us eat a lot of the same foods day in and day out, so use your resources to plan meals,” she says. Choose five go-to healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks that you know you can rely on either at home or on the road. While you’re likely not a 6’5’ 250-pound retired pro basketball player, you can steal some of the types of breakfasts Liz told Barkley to keep in mind that he could find anywhere. Have an omelet with veggies and a yogurt, two eggs and three slices of bacon, or oatmeal with nut butter and fruit. These are breakfasts you can rely on and easily find whether you’re at home, on the road, in an airport, or a hotel. These high-protein meals contain some fat which will keep you satisfied for longer.


You can lose weight and enjoy your nights out at the bar with friends without having to be the dude who orders a salad when everyone else is digging into wings. Order a bacon cheeseburger and ditch the bun, suggests Liz. Have a few wings and balance it with a lighter chicken dish for dinner. Skip the beer pitcher deals and spend more money enjoying a better quality beer or two. Keeping portions in check is the most important trick when dining out. If you order your own pints and your own dishes off the menu, you’ll be more successful at portion control.

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