Planning Power Meals For Men

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Food is one of the most important ingredients that is needed for our survival. Foods help in giving us the energy that is required to carry on with the day's activities.

So today in this article we will be explaining about the importance of power meal and the foods that can be included in the meal for men.

Power meals are not just isolated super foods that men must try and incorporate in their existing diet. It is in fact a holistic meal plan for your day or week or month.

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Men need food that will give them muscle strength without piling on calories on their waist. Meanwhile, for those who have problem with their appetite, they need to click here. 

Fats make you lazy and lethargic while proteins provide you with adequate energy and power for your body and mind.

If you are a regular at the gym then you need to take the right kind of workout food or else you will tire easily.

On the other had, even if you are not a gym person, taking the right kind of food is very essential.

Here are some steps you must follow to plan out your power meals and stay in the pink of health always.

Plan For Power Meals:

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1. High-Energy But Low-Fat Breakfast:

It has been said over and over again that your breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You will be hungry and also you need bulk food to fill the huge gap between dinner and breakfast. Go for high-fibre foods like oats and cereals.

They have carbs so they will give you energy but they are also fibre-rich so they won't add weight. If you are going to the gym then your workout food (either before or after the gym) must contain egg whites or lean white meat potions.

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2. Munchers:

It is not so much our hunger but our tendency to munch that makes us fat and lazy. You may not be hungry for hours after such a heavy breakfast but as soon as you start working you feel this urge to munch.

For that you have things like almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dates, etc. You can have nuts too but they must not be salted or fried. You can take five such handfuls in between your power meals.

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3. Lean Lunch:

You can indulge during your lunchtime by choosing one carbohydrate- or fat-rich food like a dessert or potato fries. But that should be a frill not a filler for you. You must have ample green salads and/or lean meat portions, grilled or smoked.

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4. Power Juices:

Juices are the best boosters of energy and they are not heavy because they are not solid. If you are feeling really tired at three in the afternoon, then try gulping down a glass of orange juice instead of tea or coffee; it is refreshing. Protein shakes too can be taken as meal replacements on some days (not all).

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5. Legumes:

Legumes should be a must-have in the power diet for men. Legumes are a great source of fat, protein and carbohydrates.

Rich in fibre, legumes keep one full for a longer period of time. Men who are into gymming need legumes as they help in providing the needed fat and protein requirements to build the muscles.

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6. Fruits:

Rich in essential vitamins, minerals, fibre, etc., fruits must be included in men's power meal. For instance, banana is a rich source of potassium and fibre. It helps in keeping the muscles healthy and prevents cramps. Adding 1-2 bananas every day to the power meal helps.

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7. An Early Dinner:

Firstly, have your dinner as early as possible. Secondly, food for men must be protein-rich but that does not mean eating meat all the time.

You can try seafood which is very healthy and for vegetarians there are always pulses (make soups out of them). Some legumes like black-eyed beans are very healthy as protein food for men to be taken instead of meat.

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Story first published: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 13:02 [IST]
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