Reviewing Chad Howse’s ‘The Man Diet’ – Is the Original T-Boosting Diet Book Still Valid?
Have you ever wondered why men and women are eating the same foods? Why we consume similar diets, although the bodies and hormonal differences among men and women are vastly different? Since men thrive on testosterone and women thrive on estrogen – and these hormones can be modulated by our diets – why do we men still eat like women?
I’ve wondered the above questions a lot – and apparently so has Chad Howse – the author of the revealing title; The Man Diet. The downloadable e-book (along with its additional resources) claims to be the answer to men who are looking for a diet that suits their needs in knowing the best nutritional approach for males to build muscle and burn fat. Since 80% of the weight-loss & nutrition market is currently dominated by women and their “toning down” programs, it’s true that the market needs something just like The Man Diet…
…But the question is, how good is the program, and should you spend your money on it?
How Good is The Man Diet Really?
The Man Diet book starts of really strong, and that is because it emphasizes – at least what is in my opinion – the most important factor in men’s health; testosterone.
It’s safe to say that the main goal of The Man Diet.pdf, is to teach you how to eat to maintain high testosterone levels, which in turn gives you the ability to increase your body’s own rate of fat burn and maximize its rate of muscle growth and tissue repair (not to mention the other benefits, such as: increased libido, mood, motivation, all that good stuff really).
This is great because it’s exactly the direction I would take if I were to write a nutrition plan directed towards optimal men’s health. And thankfully the Part 1 of the book is solely based on explaining the benefits of testosterone, why global levels are declining, and even pointing out few non-diet related tips to boost production…
After which comes chapter 2, aka. the more detailed view of the actual Man Diet manual, followed by three separate guides (intermittent fasting, meal timing, food choices).
First off, the pros of the diet:
Instructions to keep total intake of dietary fat and calories at a reasonable amount for testosterone production
Emphasis of organic grass-fed meats, wid-fish, and free-range eggs as the main protein sources
Recommendation of eating a ton of vegetables, and considering them as “free” foods
Emphasis of consuming the bulk of your carbohydrates after workouts
Bashing of the age-old meal frequency myth
Secondly, the cons of the diet:
I didn’t find any info on the book about the fact that high intake polyunsaturated-fatty acids actually lowers testosterone levels
Small part of the foods on the “food choices” manual can actually lower T-levels (high PUFA oils, flaxseed, and certain nuts)
For the sake of testosterone levels (especially for guys who workout) the total amount of carbohydrates could be bit higher
In terms of optimal testosterone production, the overall recommended protein intake is tad bit too high
Rivaling The Man Diet in terms of burning fat and building muscle, would be The Aggressive Fat Loss 2.0 by Greg O’Gallagher, which focuses more on intermittent fasting and overall “effortlessness” of the diet, rather than full-on going towards higher testosterone levels. If your goal is to get to single digit body fat percentage really effortlessly, rather than focus fully on chasing high-T levels, I would actually opt-on for AFL 2.0 instead.
I give The Man Diet 4 out of 5 stars, simply because it’s a very solid dietary approach for men to get higher testosterone levels.
Does it work? Absolutely, if you come to the diet from a “standard American diet” or from any classic bodybuilding/health diet, you’re likely going to see massive improvements in your overall health, testosterone levels, and body composition.