So your passion is chocolate and his is porterhouse? Cravings aside, each sex's eating style can have key health consequences, a survey from the Food-borne Disease Active Surveillance Network in Atlanta reveals. Here's how to borrow the smartest strategies from the boys to better your diet.
1. Women are more likely to consume carrots, but men to eat more asparagus, which is lower in calories and sugar than the orange veggies. Why not increase your asparagus intake? For the same amount of fiber but about a third of the sugar, feast on 1/2 cup if cooked stalks instead of 1/2 cup of raw carrots.
2. Men are more likely to dig into energizing protein sources such as as meat and poultry. to find your recommended daily protein intake in grams, multiply your idea weight in pounds by 0.37. (Calculate your idea weight HERE). Choose low-fat options like grilled chicken breast (26 g protein per 3 ounces) or loin cuts of beef and pork.
Try this low-cal recipe from SELF: Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomato and Oregano Salsa
3. Guys eat more oysters. The low-cal shell dwellers are one of the best sources of zinc, iron and heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids. Aim to eat up to 12 ounces a week or low-mercury shellfish (shrimp, crab and clams) and fish (wild salmon, canned light tuna).
Seafood is low in calories and high in protein and heart-helping fats that keep you feeling full. Check out these light and easy recipes Chef Anita Lo shares with SELF and start cooking summer's healthiest meals.
For more nutritious foods to add to your daily diet check out SELF's 20 Super Foods For Weightloss and be on your way towards a happier, healthier body.
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