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Just like there are some qualities in a woman that attracts you, women also have their own list of qualities they want in a guy. Often, these criteria are based on our experiences and relationships. You think you may have it all. But if you still haven’t found the woman of your dreams, you may be wondering what you’re doing wrong.

In this age of online dating apps, hook-ups, hangouts, and swiping left and right, there are still a lot of people who are yearning for a long-term commitment or marriage. Unfortunately, in today’s world, most people are having trouble finding love.

Most people tend to fall in love with a person who meets their criteria. If you’re wondering what traits will make you attractive in the eyes of a woman, then we urge you to read on.

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Here are 8 important qualities women are looking for in a partner.

Intelligence

According to a survey, women do want smarter men. In fact, they find intelligent, knowledgeable men attractive. Women are turned on by men who can hold quality conversations and intimate talks. Give her quality conversations and you can potentially win a woman over. You’ll be the sexiest, most handsome man in her eyes. After all, having an intelligent mind is admirable. Women get attracted to men who they can admire.

Confidence

Confident men are sure of themselves. They are determined to get what they want and won’t stop unless they reach their goals. They can also handle themselves in an unfamiliar situation or mingle with unfamiliar people. A man who is secure in his own skin gives women the assurance that she is secure with him.

Most men think that it is money women want. That’s not entirely true. The truth is that they are attracted to men who are confident, open, and direct. Women find confident and direct men so seductive. They know what they want and they are not afraid to go after what he wants. That includes women. If he wants a woman, he will pursue her. This is why women find the alpha male type seductive.

Sensitivity

Studies suggest that 1 out of 5 men are highly sensitive. They know how to value their feelings, as well as the feelings of others. Sensitive men do not just consider what they want; they also take into account their partner’s interest when making social plans.

Growing up, most men are told that “big boys don’t cry”. Most people see sensitivity as a form of weakness or being too feminine. This prevents them from showing their sensitive side. Sensitive guys make the best partners.

Dependability

Three out of four women say they want a man who is honest and dependable. They are in search of a man who is responsible enough to make a commitment and keep their promises.

A dependable man doesn’t leave her woman hanging. He is always there for his girlfriend or wife in times of need. He doesn’t leave her hanging. If your partner told you she’ll be making dinner, do not let her down. Make sure you make it home in time for dinner. You need to be reliable and dependable if you want your partner to stick with you for the long term.

Honesty

A lot of women are complaining about men saying one thing and then doing another. If you are planning on entering into a serious relationship, you need to be honest with your partner. Communicate with her openly and honestly. If you are honest with her, she will have no reason to doubt you. Plus, women have strong instincts. They can always tell when you’re lying, so it is best to always be upfront.

Sense of humor

Physical appearance may help you capture the attention of women. But if you want to keep a woman’s attention, a sense of humor is a must.

Women like men who are fun to be with – someone who can make them laugh every now and then. Even if you don’t have the looks, as long as you have a good sense of humor, you are a winner in a woman’s eyes. Having a great sense of humor, there will be no dull moment between you two. Plus, it’s nice to have someone who can make you laugh after a long, stressful day at work.

Faithfulness

Faithfulness is usually on top of the list of individuals who are interested in entering into a long-term relationship. In fact, 8 out of 10 women included faithfulness on their top 10 list of attributes they find sexy in a man.

Nothing is more frustrating than investing your time and effort in a relationship, only to find out that your partner is seeing someone else the whole time.

Sense of style

Jeans and shirts are the go-to outfits for most men. They are versatile and comfortable, so we can’t blame them for wanting to wear them on most days. But if you want to capture the attention of women, then you need to up your sense of style.

We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but let’s not deny the fact that we tend to notice people who look great and carry themselves well. Women appreciate men who have a good sense of style. They like it when you dress to impress, especially for special occasions. Plus points go to men with good grooming habits.

Every man should have a suit in his closet. There will always be weddings, trials, funerals, job interviews, galas, and corporate events, and you need formal suits for men for these events. If you’re not into formalwear at all, you probably have nothing to wear. You have no choice but to head to the mall to buy one.

Buying formal suits for men can be a difficult and frustrating process. There are a number of things you need to consider when picking out the perfect suit. Whether you’re on a mission to find a suit for a formal occasion or you need help finding the best suit for a new job, we got your back.

Here are 4 things you need to know when buying formal suits for men.

Determine the type of suit you want to purchase

 

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Suits are the best choice for formal events and occasions when you want to look your best. However, different occasions call for different attire. It makes sense to have a well-rounded selection of suits so that you have something to wear for any occasion. The problem is that suits are expensive. Some people are hesitant to invest in a few because they rarely get worn.

If you’re looking to buy only one, make sure to choose one that is classic and versatile. It is going to be the one you’ll be wearing to every formal occasion until you can afford to buy a new one. That said, it might be best to look for decently weighted wool. Get a four-season suit – one that won’t make you sweat in the summer and spring or leave you freezing in the fall or winter season. It should be able to take you through all seasons. If you need one that you can wear to the office on a daily basis, get a single-breasted, two-button jacket.

Choose a versatile suit color

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Every man needs more than one good suit in his wardrobe – one that they wear to important business presentations, professional networking events, a friend’s wedding, charity gala or legal proceedings. If you own a suit, you probably know that a good suit doesn’t come cheap. Most men can only afford to buy one suit.

Most people assume that black is the best choice for formal suits for men. It’s not. Black suits are appropriate for occasions with black tie dress code. However, they are limited in their versatility. They don’t look flattering on men with a lighter complexion and light hair. Rather, these suits are suited for individuals with dark hair and complexion. Although it’s great to have a black suit in your wardrobe, it’s not the best choice for your first one.

Navy blue is an excellent choice for your first suit. The color is simple and straightforward. It will have you looking effortlessly stylish. Not only will you look good in a navy blue suit, you’ll also stand out in the crowd. You will be recognized, not for what you’re wearing, but for the effort you put into it. Plus, all stores that specialize in formal suits for men carry navy blue ones. Charcoal gray, medium gray and patterned suits are great options for a suit.

If you only have one suit, we suggest that you invest in more dress shirts and ties. Having a core selection of shirts and ties will increase your outfit options and make dressing up a little more fun.

Fitting is everything

Fitting is everything when it comes to suits

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Most men wear ill-fitting clothes, and it’s easy to see why. Today’s clothing is mass-produced and designed to fit as many men as possible. Suits and dress shirts are either too small or too big. Those who have bought suits off-the-rack can relate to this issue.

A well-fitted suit means the difference between a great look and a bad one. Not only is it flattering, it can also give you a boost in confidence. After all, a man looks his best when his clothes fit well. Aside from looking good, you’ll feel much more comfortable wearing a properly fitted suit. Come to think of it, suits that are too big will make you look like you borrowed it from your older brother. If it’s too small, you’ll pull and choke at every turn. We bet you can’t wait to take it off and slip on comfortable jeans and a t-shirt.

When buying a suit, make sure that the shoulder pads lie flat against your shoulders. A good suit should fall past the waist and drape over the top of your buttocks. The sleeves should fall at the base of your thumb. About half an inch of the dress shirt cuff should be visible. For the trousers, pay attention to the seat. It should fall smoothly over your rear. Knowing your measurements will help a lot in order for your suit to fit correctly.

Consider your budget

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A suit is an essential piece of item every man should own. Whether you’re a big-earning professional who is willing to spend thousands of dollars or a student on a baked beans budget, you are sure to find a suit that will fit your budget and meet your needs.

When shopping for formal suits for men, you need to consider how much you are willing to spend. The more expensive the suit is, the better the fabric and quality are. But you don’t need to spend a huge sum of money to look suave. If you are on a tight budget, opt for natural fabrics like wool.  Tweed blazers are also a great choice for smart casual occasions.

It doesn’t matter if the suit is cheap, as long as it fits you perfectly, you’ll look stunning. But if you are willing to shell out just a bit more money, we recommend that you get a good quality suit. It’s an investment that will pay off huge later on.

Jeans are a mainstay in every man’s wardrobe. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing known to man. Men’s jeans are an ideal choice for those who don’t want to spend much time thinking about their outfit. They can wear one every day of the week without looking like he’s worn the same outfit twice.

Shopping for a pair of jeans used to be easy. They either fit or they didn’t. They are either black or blue. Today, however, there are so many different types of men’s jeans that some of you may be wondering which one to get. Rather than just focusing on the style, color or cut, you should also take the fit into consideration. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your hard-earned money on ill-fitting jeans.

The right jeans will allow you to move around with ease and glide onto your body. If you’re struggling to find the perfect pair of jeans that fit and suit you well, then this blog post is for you. To ease your future shopping experience, we compiled a list of tips that will help you find the right pants for you.

Here are some tips for choosing the right` jeans for your body type.

Loose Fit

Loose fit men's jeans (Wide Leg)

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Loose fit jeans are the roomiest of all jeans, with a fuller leg. It provides plenty of space in the legs, thighs, and butt. This is great for men with an inverted triangle body shape as it adds some heft to the lower part of your body. The leg should be roomy, but not flapping in the wind.

Loose jeans with a wide leg offer a comfortable option, so your jeans don’t stretch across your groin. The key to wearing loose fit jeans is to get the right fit. Make sure that your pants hit near your waist, not your hips. Otherwise, you may end up looking like a 90s boy band. With that much extra material already on show, the last thing you want is to pair it with a baggy top. Not only will it make you look lousy, it may also make you appear bigger. This is especially true for men who are on the bigger side.

These type of jeans have a very casual fit, so it looks great when paired with a shirt. Make sure, though, that you choose a shirt with a  plain, solid color. If print is your thing, opt for those with minimal print. Large prints or patterns will bring the attention to your torso and throw your body out of proportions.

Relaxed (Classic Fit)

Relaxed (Classic Fit)

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Relaxed men’s jeans have a loose fit from the waist to the leg opening. The classic fit jeans work well for almost every body type, but this is especially beneficial for men with a triangular body shape. These men are larger around the waist and hips in relation to the top part of their bodies. Often, they have a hard time finding clothes that make their body appear proportional. Straight-legged jeans are ideal for this body type because they do not hug any part of your body. Plus, it helps create balance and the illusion of shape. It will take away the attention from the larger waist.

The classic fit is also ideal for muscular men. They have a fairly large leg opening, which is beneficial for them since they usually have bigger legs. Plus, it makes it easier for them to move around.

Regular (Straight Leg)

Regular fit men's jeans (Straight Leg)

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Straight leg jeans maintain an equal width from the hips to the hem. It is ideal for stocky men with a muscular body. These are the men who frequent the squat rack at the jeans. Often, they have a hard time finding well-fitting pants because of the size of their hams, calves, and quads. In this case, you may want to turn to straight legs. They are not too tight and not too loose. They are roomy enough without looking baggy, yet fit enough to accentuate your toned body.

Contrary to what most people think, slim or skinny jeans are not recommended for muscular men as it will make them look heavier. Regular fit trousers, on the other hand, will accentuate your toned body without being body-hugging. It will emphasize the best aspects of your build. Remember, well-fitting doesn’t always mean tight-fitting.

Slim Fit Men’s Jeans

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Slim fitting denim are a bit tight-fitting, but not as body-hugging as skinny jeans. For those who prefer slim fit jeans, opt for those that have a slight amount of elasticity to them.

This type of men’s jeans is also ideal for slender men – those with small shoulders, flat chest, and light build. Avoid wearing a tight-fitting shirt as it will only make you look thinner. Pair slim fit jeans with an oversized shirt instead to balance out your fit and ensure that your shape is not overly exaggerated.

Slim fit jeans are also ideal for the average American build – those who have defined muscles but are not overly athletic. These are the men who hit the gym occasionally but aren’t bulking up. Since their upper and lower body is fairly proportional, wearing pants that are bit tight won’t mess up their visual proportions.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans

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The skinny fit is the latest addition to the men’s jeans family. This is the tightest and snuggest of the jean style.

Generally, skinny jeans are divided into two categories: standard and spray-on. Since we have already discussed slim fit earlier, we’ll focus on spray-on skinny jeans. Spray-on styles have a very narrow ankle opening and are tapered close to the leg all the way down. Often, they contain a high proportion of stretch elastane, which gives them an element of comfort and ease when wearing them. Because skinny jeans tend to be figure-hugging, they are best reserved for men with well-maintained and well-proportioned bodies. They are great for showing off your figure, making them a great choice for athletic men.

Although people often say that you can’t go wrong with denim, there are a few common mistakes men make when styling skinny jeans. The biggest sin is wearing one that doesn’t fit you well. Never wear skinny jeans that are too tight around the waist as it can lead to a potential muffin top situation. It won’t create the kind of silhouette that’s most attractive for men.

Most guys regard the t-shirt as a perennial classic. They would wear them on almost every occasion – when they go out with friends, head to the beach, and even when they sleep. Some of you are probably wearing one right now. While there is nothing wrong with having dozens of men’s shirts in your wardrobe, it is best to have a few different styles at your disposal.

Here are 5 different types of men’s shirts, along with some suggestions on how to wear them. By learning how to wear these shirts in style, you’ll keep looking good no matter the time or year.

Crew Neck T-shirt

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Most people don’t give crew neck t-shirts much thought just because they’re casual and inexpensive. Just because they’re intended for a more casual look, it doesn’t mean that you can’t look awesome in a t-shirt. In fact, they can be worn without regard to fashion. A white shirt is a good example of this.

A white t-shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a man can own. If you have them in your wardrobe, then you have a plethora of looks available to you. You can wear it on its own or with a button up shirt over it.

The fit is one of the most important things to consider when buying a shirt. This is especially important if you intend to wear it as a standalone. Make sure that it’s well-fitting, but not restrictive. Also, make sure that you’re wearing a t-shirt, not an undershirt. There is a big difference between the two.

If you’re looking for a safe combination with t-shirt and shirt combination, try wearing a white t-shirt, denim shirt, and a pair of black skinny jeans. This ensemble would look great for an autumn look. Alternatively, swap the jeans with khaki shorts for a cool and relaxed look during the summer months. Try to experiment with a different t-shirt and shirt combo to find one that works for you.

Polo Shirt

Polo Shirt

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Polo shirts fall between a t-shirt and a dress shirt. They are a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn on different occasions. Plus, they are just as easy and comfortable to wear as t-shirts. Despite their ubiquity in the men’s wardrobe, most men are hesitant to wear them because they tend to associate them with company uniforms. Often, we see them being worn by pizza delivery men. The good news is that there are different ways to style this versatile piece.

Yes, polo shirts can be smart. If you’re going for a smart look, try to keep the color tone dark. Also, tucking your shirt is a must. Therefore, you should keep the shirt slim and well-fitted so you can easily tuck it into your trousers. Choose plain-colored polo shirts and pair them with straight-legged or tailored trousers. For your footwear, you can go for a pair of brogues, monk shoes, oxford shoes or leather loafers. Remember, simplicity is the key.

If you want a more laidback look, try pairing these men’s shirts with chinos. Pair a short-sleeved polo shirt with a light-colored, straight-legged chino. Finish off the look with some clean, white trainers. Also, consider color-coordinating to keep your outfit looking pulled together. This will give you a clean, sharp look, but not like you’re on the way to the office.

Henley Shirt

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A Henley is a collarless pullover shirt with buttons in the front. They can be short or long-sleeved. Originally, Henleys were used as a uniform for the local rowing team of Henley-on-Thames in England. It was Ralph Lauren who saw the potential of the Henley as a new kind of shirt.

Henley shirts are a versatile piece of clothing. These men’s shirts can be worn as an alternative to t-shirts and can be worn a variety of ways. They can be worn as a standalone or under a jacket during the cooler months. You can wear them over and over again without falling flat on style.

Henley is a jacket’s best friend. If you’re having a hard time deciding which shirt to match with your new jacket, try a Henley. It is a great combination worth integrating into your wardrobe.  Busy days call for a simple, yet stylish outfit. For an everyday outfit that is full of character and personality, try pairing a Henley shirt with a pair of dark blue jeans. To class up your look, opt for a pair of brown leather brogues.

Casual Button-Down Shirt

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It can be hard to dress well and keep cool as the sun starts to shine. Long-sleeved shirts may look great, but they rolling up the sleeves on a hot, summer day isn’t gonna cut it. As such, a lot of men are tempted to wear a short-sleeve button down shirt. The problem is that they are a tricky thing to pull off.

The fit is an important thing to consider when wearing a casual button-down shirt. When it’s sweltering out, the last thing you want is to wear a fitted shirt. To prevent hot spots, choose something with a loose and relaxed fit. Remember, this is a casual shirt, not a dress shirt. They are two entirely different things.

A white shirt is ideal as it can be paired with a multitude of colors and looks. It can be worn with a ton of different things, in a ton of different ways. You can pair it with black skinny jeans and a pair of boots for a smart casual look. Or you can wear a Cuban collar shirt, short, and trainers for a laidback look. Cuban collar shirts and summer shirts are great choices because they give you classic styling mixed with modern cuts and prints.

Dress Shirt

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Dress shirts are a button-up shirt with long sleeves, a collar, and wrist cuffs. They are usually reserved for formal settings, often in an office setting or a formal event.

Everyone knows how to wear a dress shirt with a suit. What people fail to realize is that this isn’t the only way to wear it. In fact, you can work them into a range of different styles. It can be a standalone and be the centerpiece of your outfit. It can also play a supporting role by enhancing your sports jacket. Another option is to pair them with a pair of dark denim jeans for a smart casual look with a comfortable twist.

No matter what your style, make sure that you choose a dress shirt that is well fitted. There should be no excess volume in the torso or chest area. The shoulder seams should line up with the end of your shoulders. The neck should also fit properly. Also, make sure that the cuffs land halfway down your hand when undone. The wrong fit can make you look fatter and sloppier. To get the right fit, take time to have yourself measured by a professional.

Knowing when and when not to tuck these men’s shirts can make a big difference in your look. It is meant to be tucked in if the shirt is long enough to cover your bottom. However, it should be left untucked if the shirt bottom is cut straight across in front and back or if it has notches on either side.

Men are becoming more and more focused on their appearance. Ever since the menswear renaissance of the 200s, most guys are buying more men’s shoes than ever before. The days when men just wore one or two pairs of shoes have come to an end.

According to a Time Magazine poll that came out a few years ago, the average American man owns about a dozen pairs of shoes. Many of them are looking to expand their shoe collection and are becoming more adventurous with their footwear choices. Believe it or not, most men spend more than women on footwear.

Whether you realize it or not, there are lots of things you can say about a man’s personality just by looking at his shoes. The type of shoes you put on your feet does reflect something about you. As such, you may want to step up your footwear game.

Here are 6 pairs of quintessential men’s shoes every guy needs in his closet. This selection will have you in good stead for the years to come.

Oxford Shoes

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Back when office dress codes were stiffer, these were the first pair of shoes men would invest serious money in. While employees are no longer required to wear a suit in the office, every man should still have at least one pair of dress shoes in his closet. Oxford shoes are the best one in this category.

You need a decent pair of men’s dress shoes that offer a touch of sophistication. These shoes can come in handy, especially on days when you need to attend a formal event and need to look smart. Oxford shoes will look great for business suits and everything professional. Invest in a high-quality pair if you can. It may be a bit expensive, but you can wear it for a long time.

Chukka Boots

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The Chukka boots have come a long way since Steve McQueen wore them. They have endured update after update, continuously evolving with the changing times. Today, these men’s shoes have evolved into something that is so much more than just a practical piece of footwear.

Chukka boots are perfect for smart casual occasions and lazy days. They can blend seamlessly with a variety of outfits. Think of them as a simple way to elevate casual, everyday getup. Match them with a classic white t-shirt, a light top, and a pair of blue jeans for a classic, flattering style.

Chukka boots fall right around the ankle bone. As such, the style doesn’t stray too far from that of a regular pair of men’s shoes. These boots are available in a wide variety of colors – each one providing a different style and vibe to your outfit.

Loafers

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Loafers are one of the oldest shoes in existence. They were introduced in the 1930s as the shoes for casual wear. This type of men’s shoes has been through countless iteration. In spite of this, the preppy footwear classic still takes pride on shoe racks today. We still see them on the feet of many on the street.

Loafers are such a versatile piece. They will always be on point no matter what you’re wearing. They are a fashion staple that adds a touch of smart casual to any outfit. You can even get away with wearing them at formal events, provided that you pair them well.  They are an excellent pair of shoes to buy if you’re not willing to buy too many pairs of shoes. For an effortlessly contemporary look, pair your loafers with jeans.

Espadrilles

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People have been sporting espadrilles since the 14th century. Espadrilles were originally categorized as peasant footwear. Today, however, they are favored by the jet set. One of the reasons why they remain popular up to the present times is the fact that they are extremely comfortable to wear.

These shoes are often made from cotton or canvas, making them one of the best summer shoes. They are fun and beachy. Espadrilles are less formal than boat shoes but more formal than sandals. If you want something simple and casual but smarter than a pair of flipflops, then go with a pair of espadrilles.They are pretty versatile and can be worn with almost every outfit. Plus, they can be worn all year round.

Monk Straps

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If you are looking for an alternative pair of office shoes and you want to take a break from laces, you may want to look into the monk straps. This type of men’s shoes has no lacing and is closed by a strap or a buckle. With the right combination, you will look equally sharp wearing them in a night out with your lady or in an important business meeting.

Although monk shoes are typically made from leather, they also come in a variety of materials such as suede. Both styles add a clean finish and subtle interest to an outfit. Despite the fact that the monk shoes have a unique style, this type of shoe is actually versatile. They are ideal for formal as well as casual outfits.

For a more conventional formal look, try pairing leather monk shoes with a navy suit. This will give you a smart vibe while keeping things cool. If you want to go for a more casual look, try pairing blue denim jeans with brown monk shoes. You may want to cut off the bottoms of your jeans to show off your shoes. With brown monk strap shoes, you automatically get a less intense look. Plus, you can keep your outfit looking light and summer ready.

White Sneakers

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Sneakers are one of the most versatile pieces men could have in their wardrobe. You can pair them with just about anything and wear it on any day.

A nice, crisp pair of white sneakers would look great when paired with a button-down shirt and denim jeans. They will keep things relaxed but classy at the same time. Pair them with lightweight chinos for a summer look. You can also slip on some black jeans for a stark contrast. Put on a pair of light wash denim for a warm, beach feel.  Don’t worry if they get dirty. Men’s shoes are meant to get a little dirty after all.

Every guy looks rad in a pair of solid white sneakers. When buying your own perfect pair, look for a simple, minimalist design in leather or canvas. Try to keep them clean and you can basically wear them anywhere.

Unlike women, most men tend to focus on major articles of clothing like shirts, pants, shoes, and suits. Often, they assume that they are good to go once they have put on their regular outfits. The downside to this is that you end up looking like everyone else. This is why we recommend incorporating men’s accessories to your outfit.

There is a wide variety of men’s accessories – from watches to bags to belts to sunglasses. You name it, it is out there. The right accessories can add character to your outfit and makes you stand out from the masses.

It’s time to step up your accessories game. Here’s a rundown of men’s accessories every stylish guy should own.  Regardless of your age, lifestyle or occupation, these items will add a voice to your exterior stylish personality.

Watch

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Watches are not just designed to tell time. They also serve as conversation starters and put finishing touches to your look.

Watches come in a wide variety of styles. You want to choose a style that suits your day-to-day style. If you work on a building site, a Rolex may not be the best watch for you. Opt for a casual watch instead.

Whether you’re planning to buy a men’s digital watch or you’re looking to invest in a Swedish designed watch, there is one for every look out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a watch guy or not, you should own at least one casual and dress watch.

Travel bag

Leather duffle bag

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Whether you’re considering traveling across town or to some exotic country, you need something to put your clothes and other personal belongings in. As a grown man, you wouldn’t want to toss your things in a gym bag or a backpack. You want a bag that doesn’t just serve its purpose; you want something that looks great as well.

A duffle bag is ideal for short vacations such as a weekend getaway or a quick business trip. It allows for a few days worth of clothes and is usually equipped with a separate shoe compartment. The rolling duffle is recommended for frequent travellers. It is easy to pull through any terrain or wheel through airports.

Wallet

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You’re too old to be carrying rubber banded cash and credit cards in your pocket. You need a wallet – a good one.

How a man carries his cards and cash tells a lot about his life and personality. For a stylish man, bulging leather wallets that protrude from your back pocket is definitely a no-no. Instead, opt for a thin, clean and classically designed wallet. Get a card case if you want to carry as little with you as possible. This is great when you’re going out for the night or an after-party.

Tie

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Nothing says sharp-dressed like a carefully selected tie. Whether you’re young or mature, people always assume that they’re dealing with a professional when talking to a man wearing a tie.

Men’s accessories like neckties come in different patterns, colors, shapes, and knot types. As a rule of thumb, always match your tie with the color or shade of your suit or your dress shoes. A tie in solid black or navy blue is definitely a must-have. It will work well with any suit you have in your closet.

Stylish men sometimes feel limited to classic looks. But if you’re looking to add some personality to your outfit, try colored and patterned ties. Fun and quirky ties will also provide that much-needed escapism from the daily grind. They will work well with white, crisp shirts or light-colored, pastel shirts. Also, make sure that the width of your tie complements your body type.

Cologne

Men's cologne

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Fragrances have a powerful effect on how people see and remember you. It is an invisible part of your personality. Wearing cologne isn’t mandatory, but it is a powerful extra detail that a lot of stylish men swear by. It may seem like a big deal for some, but they are actually one of the best men’s accessories on the list. Men’s perfume can give you a boost in confidence and make you more attractive to women.

Women like men who smell good. But choosing the right cologne can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you’re faced with a fragrance counter full of those little paper strips and oddly shaped bottles.

To determine whether or not the fragrance suits you, you’ll need to test it on your skin. The scent of the cologne changes when it interacts with your skin chemistry. This is why you shouldn’t just spritz cologne onto blotter paper. Remember, what smells good on your friend won’t smell the same way on you.

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’homme, Versae Eros, Paco Rabanne 1 Million, and Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio are just some of the men’s cologne that made it to the top list for 2017.

Leather belt

Leather belt

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Belts are a fashion staple that can be used all year round. While there is nothing wrong with wearing woven belts, we highly recommend that you invest in a good quality leather belt. You may not wear it often, but there will come a time when you’ll need it.

Leather belts are ideal for more formal events and situations. It’s good to have a few for different occasions. If you’re more classically inclined, you can wear these belts on a daily basis or reserve them for the weekend. Make sure, though, that you match your belt with the color of your shoes. If you’re wearing a pair of black dress shoes, pair it with a black belt.

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Most people underestimate the impact of a good pair of sunglasses to your overall look.  From aviators to something a little more adventurous, sunglasses can be a stylish addition to your summer look. They also protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.

If you live in a colder climate, you may not have the luxury to wear them very often. Regardless, we still recommend that you invest in men’s accessories such as a stylish, good quality pair of sunglasses. After all, you’ll need one in summer or when you go on vacation somewhere warmer.

Similar to women’s fashion, men’s fashion trends also keeps changing. What may be in right now may not be on trend next year. Many fashion conscious men want to stay up-to-date on the hottest trends. If you are one of them, then we urge you to keep reading.

Here are some of the hottest men’s fashion trends for 2018, along with some tips on how to pull them off.

Tropical print shirts

 

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Hawaiian shirts are often brilliantly colored with floral prints or generic Polynesian motifs. They are made from lightweight fabrics, short-sleeved, and feature a collar. These shirts provide an easy way for men to incorporate fun prints into their wardrobe.

Most people assume the tropical print shirts are only reserved for the summer season. While the busy prints and bright colors make them a great choice for the summer, they can be worn all year round. The key is to keep the rest of your outfit monochrome. It all comes down to what you pair with it.

Hawaiian shirts can be worn in a way that you look good. Your shirt should remain the focal point of the outfit. You want your shirt to standout without making the outfit look too busy. White or black pants are a foolproof option to pair with any tropical print shirt. For the warmer months, you can switch the pants with shorts. Also, choose simple accessories like an understated watch or simple shades. Avoid busy accessories or other distractions

Pop of color

Men's fashion trends: Colored Suits

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Most people wear dark-colored clothing during the winter. With the cold, dark and gloomy weather, along with the lack of color in our wardrobe, it’s not surprising to know that there is a sudden increase in the number of people who suffer from depression during this time of the year.

Most men stick to black, white, gray, and blue. The good news is that more and more men are embracing bright colors and prints, which is why it made it to our list of men’s fashions trends. Cue the endless cycle of black, gray, and more black by incorporating a few brightly colored pieces into your everyday outfit. T-shirts and sweaters are perfect for adding a pop of color. With a brighter hue on top, your darker, everyday look will get an immediate lift. Make sure, though, that it’s your only pop of color or you’ll look silly.

Colored suits have been featured on the runway this season. In fact, designers like Martine Rose, Kenzo, and Tom Ford featured suits in vibrant colors and prints at the New York Fashion Week. If you are looking to move outside of the traditional colors, we dare you to wear one at the office.

If you’re not that adventurous when it comes to clothing, try accessorizing. It’s a simple way to switch things up without being over-the-top and garish looking. Choose a brightly colored bag, accent laces or a colorful watchband that matches the rest of your wardrobe.

Side stripe trousers

 

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Over the past few years, the side stripe pants have made its way in and out of the spotlight. It looks like this is one of those men’s fashion trends that will remain prominent this year. In fact, there has been a surge of popularity of side stripe trousers in recent years. They have become a menswear staple and have been seen by all the major designers.

Side stripe trousers are a hybrid between the suit trouser and the mighty tracksuit trouser. They feature a combination of a clean, modern silhouette and sporty aesthetics. Besides being comfortable, they also seem to work well on all body shapes. Considering all these benefits, it’s easy to see why it is one of the hottest trends of the seasons.

Fabric, fit, and form are the most important things to consider when choosing side stripe pants. You want to ensure that it is loose enough that it’s comfortable, yet it fits well that it flatters your physique. For maximum versatility, always go for opposing top layer. That means pairing these casual-looking trousers with a sweatshirt or roll neck. Avoid anything that is too street-influenced. Otherwise, you’ll look like you just came from the gym.

Tonal dressing

Tonal dressing

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The monochrome or one-color wardrobe is one of the most popular men’s fashion trends of 2017. Often, you’d see a lot of men wearing an all-black or all-white wardrobe. The trend continues in 2018, but this time, we’re talking about tonal color matching.

Tonal dressing is wearing multiple shades of the same color. You can even mix two or three tones together, and you’ll still rock your look. All-black outfits will still fit in this category. However, you can’t wear it all year round. To keep your tonal outfit from looking boring, try incorporating some pops of color. A pair of blue-tinted sunglasses, a deep brown suede bag, and a silver watch will complete the look. Also, try mixing different fabrics. This will make the different shades work together.

If doom and gloom isn’t your thing, you can always go with beige or navy blue. These are great options as it allows you to inject a bit of color into your outfit while still hanging onto that classic feel.

Vertical stripes

Vertical stripes

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Stripes are a classic staple in the men’s wear world. This season, we’re doing away from the classic horizontal stripes and start focusing on something more a little vertical.

There is nothing more classic than stripes. In fact, you’ll see this pattern on virtually every piece of clothing you can think of – from shirts and jackets to trousers. Being one of the biggest men’s fashion trends of 2018, vertical stripes are officially menswear’s new go-to pattern.

Vertical stripes give off the illusion that you’re slimmer and taller than you actually are. It is the perfect choice for men who are vertically-challenged. While vertical stripes create an illusion on your body, there is still a right and wrong way to go about it.

Wide stripes are not stylish. As a general rule, you want to keep the stripes thin. Pinstripes are a good example of this. For best results, choose clothing with varying thickness and color of stripes.

Modern technology has made things a lot easier for us. Almost everything can be done with the assistance of gadgets and electric appliances. You can do things with just a push of a button and accomplish tasks in just a few minutes. Because of these conveniences, many of today’s modern men don’t know basic survival skills like starting a fire, finding clean water, and knowledge of edible and medicinal foods.

As a man, you are someone’s superhero. Your parents, your spouse, and children are counting on you. You are expected to protect them and provide for their needs. You may live a comfortable life now, but disaster strikes every once in a while. Hurricanes crash, fires ravage, cars run out of gas, planes crash, and the list goes on. Learning some survival skills will make sure you’re prepared in times of crisis.

Here are 6 outdoor survival skills every man should master. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take some time and money learning these skills. You’re going to need them someday.

Navigating

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Before, people used a map to help them reach their desired destination. Today, however, most people rely on their smartphones. After all, these devices are equipped with GPS and other apps that will make it easier for them to go anywhere they want. But what if the batteries die and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?

Signals get lost and batteries die. Knowing alternative methods of navigation will allow you to navigate, even some of the most extreme environments on earth.

Before GPS technology, men used a map and a compass to point them in the right direction. These things are considered as an explorer’s best friend. It is essential to learn how to use these devices, especially if you enjoy hiking. Be sure to pack your map and compass before you leave the house. These will come in handy if you find yourself lost in the wilderness. It is best to be prepared when the wilderness beckons.

Finding clean water

Finding clean water

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Even the best camper or hiker gets lost at some point. Although you are expected to bring clean drinking water with you on a long wilderness trip, some unexpected things may happen. You may accidentally spill your water or get lost in the woods.

If you happen to find yourself lost in the wilderness, one of the first things you should do is to find a source of drinking water. As you know, water is needed in order to survive. It helps regulate your body temperature, increases energy, and relieves fatigue. You can survive weeks even without food. Unless you’re in freezing conditions, you can survive without a shelter. But you won’t last a day without water.

Given the importance of water and staying hydrated, this is one of those survival skills every man should know about. This skill will help save your life.

Building a fire

Building a fire

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Fire provides several benefits, especially when you’re outdoors. It helps you feel safe, secure, and comfortable. It provides warmth and heat, which will help you survive in extremely cold conditions. A fire also wards off insects, predators, and other wild creatures. Ultimately, it allows you to cook food.

Before you brave the wild outdoors, make sure you are equipped with some basic survival skills such as building a fire. In addition to building a fire, you also need to know how to tend to it so you do not accidentally start a fire. This is often critical and life-saving, especially when you’re in the wilderness.

Building a shelter

Building a shelter

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Even if you have enough water or a fire to keep you warm, you’re going to need a shelter at some point. This is especially important in winter. You can only survive 3 hours in extreme conditions. This should be your number one priority in winter. Remember, hypothermia is the number one outdoor killer in cold weather.

You need a shelter that will protect you from snow and rain, and insulate from the cold. To prevent the cold earth from sucking every ounce of heat from your body, the foundation should be 12 to 18 inches off the ground. Then, make a bed mattress. You can use dried corn shucks or fresh green pine boughs for this. This is incredibly comfortable. Once that’s done, it’s time to create a roof over your head.

First aid

First aid

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Accidents can happen at any time, in any place. A misfortune may strike while you’re at home, at work, driving in your car or while playing sports. When something bad happens, especially to someone you know, you can’t be a helpless bystander.

First aid is one of the survival skills everyone should learn. If you are properly trained, you’ll know how to take care of fractures, how to stop a wound from bleeding, treat cuts, wounds, and bruises, and do chest compressions. You should be able to provide quick medical treatment until professional assistance arrives. You’ll know what to do in any emergency situations.

Time is of the essence during an accident. Taking action during the first few minutes can give them the best chance of surviving. It can mean the difference between life and death. It can help your loved one, a friend or even a stranger from pain and suffering. As such, we encourage everyone to enroll in a first aid course.

Hunting and foraging for food

Hunting and foraging for food

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Most people know foraging as a wilderness survival skill. But the truth is that foraging is a great means of gathering foods for free. It is a basic skill that everyone needs to master.

Foraging can be as simple as picking apples in the farm or taking a stroll in the woods to pick some mushrooms. It’s a great way to provide foods for yourself and your family without having to rely on grocery stores. You will find a lot of edible foods in the woods. But before venturing into the wild to forage, make sure that you can differentiate edible plants from poisonous ones. Familiarize yourself with the dangerous species in your area to prevent poisoning.

Final thoughts

Disasters and emergencies are inevitable parts of our lives. Even if you live comfortably in the city, it is important to have some basic survival skills in order to ensure one’s survival in the wild. While our day-to-day survival is no longer dependent on them, mastering these skills will ensure that you’ll know what to do in cases of natural disasters, accidents or any unfortunate events.

 

In this bold, fitness driven world, most men strive to get leaner and fitter. They want to lose the fat and bulk up. This is why many of them spend countless hours in the gym. If you are one of them, you probably get to the gym and spend at least an hour doing a few sets of curls, fast-walking on the treadmill, and lifting weights. You do the same workout every single day. Rinse and repeat. But despite your effort and commitment to men’s fitness, you’re not seeing the results you want. What seems to be the problem?

Increase your strength and endurance with these men’s fitness tips. Use these tips to start maximizing the benefits of your gym time.

Set a goal

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There are several reasons why men decide to hit the gym and workout. Perhaps they notice that they tire easily. Or maybe they gained weight and wanted to shed those extra pounds. No matter what the reason is, most of them would start running feverishly on the treadmill or start attacking the weights. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, that’s not how it’s supposed to be.

Before you start with your workout routine, it is important that you set clear, concise goals for yourself. Why? Because goal setting is necessary to achieve success. In fact, recent studies show that setting a goal could be the trick to a transformation.

Make a list of the things you want to achieve – both short and long-term goals. Do you want to increase endurance, strength, flexibility, or do you want a combination of those areas?  It doesn’t have to be a long list. Just a short list will suffice, but make sure they’re specific and attainable.  Setting your goals from the start will give you the motivation to achieve them. Plus, it will be easier for you to monitor and track your progress.

Hire a personal trainer

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Now that you have determined your goals, you need a workout routine that will help you achieve those goals. You can’t just lift some weights or do cardio exercises and expect great results. Rather, you need a personal trainer, who can provide creative, effective workouts that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. He will create a personalized program that fits your goals, schedule, and budget and makes you accountable to it.

According to a study that was published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, working out with a personal trainer increases your fitness-goal success by up to 30%. You may have to shell out about $75 to $400 an hour, but if you are serious about achieving your men’s fitness goals, then hiring a trainer is the way to go.

Healthy, balanced diet

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Working out isn’t enough if you want to achieve your ideal physique. In order to build lean muscles and slash unwanted fats, you also need to focus on the foods you eat.

If you are serious about losing weight and building muscles, you should prepare to end your relationship with the pizza delivery guy and start to opt for healthy, nutritious foods instead. A well-balanced diet is important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or tone your body. The right balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats is the key to getting in shape.

Most people eliminate carbohydrates from their diet, thinking that it would cause them to gain weight. Considering how many calories you’re burning during your workout, you need carbohydrates to fuel your body throughout the day and support your exercise regimen. According to Mayo Clinic, 45% to 65% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates. But that doesn’t mean that you can gobble up on just about any type of carbohydrate-rich foods you can find. You need to choose the right types of carbohydrates. Complex carbs that are found in beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are ideal. This simple change will help you shed some pounds while maintaining your muscle.

It is also best to plan your snacks ahead of time. It can be tempting to reach for a bag of chips or head to the nearest fast food chain when you get hungry. But by preparing your snacks ahead of time, you know that there are some healthy alternatives that you can munch on anytime. Nuts, berries, grapes, bananas, eggs, jerky, and yogurt are excellent snack options. Not only are they delicious, they are also filling but low in calories.

Have fun

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Starting a rigorous exercise routine is a key part of achieving your fitness goals. Most men would hit the gym, eager to get their workout routine started. But by the second or third week, they lose the enthusiasm and have totally forgotten about their goals of getting in shape. Make men’s fitness fun and rewarding to make the workout seem as quick and painless as possible.

You can have a good time while working up a sweat. Pump up the music to make exercise more fun and exciting. Load up your ipod, MP3 or smartphone with upbeat music and try to synchronize your workout to the beat of the music.

Some people prefer working out solo, and it’s totally fine. But if you find yourself dragging yourself to the gym or you’re lacking the motivation to exercise, try working out with a friend. To make working out a positive experience, make sure that you choose someone who will push you and motivate you to intensify your workout. With a supportive friend cheering you on, you’ll be able to reach your men’s fitness goals in no time.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym. If you are the adventurous type, try engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, running or cycling. These activities will not only help you burn some calories, they also provide opportunities to get in touch with nature. Spending time with nature can enhance your mood and alleviate stress. If this doesn’t convince you go outdoors, I don’t know what will.

It’s that time of the year again when people realize how much weight they gained during the holiday season. As such, most people resolve to hit the gym and get fit. But if your goal is to have a muscular physique, then you need to pay attention to what you eat. It is important to incorporate high protein foods into your daily diet.

When it comes to building muscles, a great workout is just the beginning. You can’t just exercise and expect to become bigger and stronger. Diet also plays an important role in building muscles. You can workout all you want, but you will never achieve the physique of your dreams if your diet isn’t in check.

Anyone who wants to build muscles should increase their protein consumption. Why? It’s because protein is important for muscle building. Protein is made up of amino acids, which your body needs for protein synthesis. Unfortunately, your body can’t make it on its own. Without them, your muscles will simply not grow. Supplementing your diet with high-protein foods is the best way to get essential amino acids that your body needs for protein synthesis. This is the reason why most men drink protein shakes after working out.

Here are 7 high protein foods that will help build muscles and lose fat.

Chicken

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Chicken is a great source of protein. It is also packed with B vitamins such as B3 and B6, which helps lower your bad cholesterol levels, support your brain health, and lowering your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Go ahead and chow down on chicken breasts. It has a higher protein-to-fat ratio than any other part of the chicken and supplies over 30% of your recommended daily requirement for protein. Plus, it is low in fat, versatile, convenient. In addition to making your muscles bigger and stronger, this white meat wonder will help you successfully navigate the stress/recovery/growth cycle.

Beef

Lean beef is one of the best high protein foods for bodybuilding

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Beef has remained at the top of the list of best muscle-building foods. It is a rich source of high-quality protein, vitamin A, vitamin E, and antioxidants. It is also a major source of zinc, iron, phosphorus, and Vitamin B12. All these vitamins and micronutrients are essential for muscle building and athletic performance.

Beef is one of the best high protein foods that you can find. Bodybuilders all over the world are trading chicken breast for a thick steak. It contains more than 80% protein on a dry-weight basis. Look for extra lean meat cuts like loins or rounds for maximum muscle impact with minimum calories.

Fish

Salmon

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Like poultry, fish is loaded with high-quality protein. However, the protein found in fish isn’t as highly regarded as other types of meat. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t include them in your bodybuilding nutrition plan.

Fatty fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which helps reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular diseases. Not only is it heart-healthy, it also helps reduce inflammation. It can also shorten your recovery time between workouts.

Incorporate fatty fish like sardines, tuna, trout, salmon, and herring into your diet. Not only will it enhance your protein intake and build muscles, it is also good for your health.

Eggs

Eggs

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For years, eggs have been considered more of a health risk than a healthy food. Sure, egg yolks do contain fats (5 grams), but only 1.6 grams of this is saturated fat. Don’t be scared to eat eggs.

Eggs are an excellent high protein food option. In fact, it is one of the most versatile and complete foods available. Besides protein, it is also packed with essential amino acids, vitamin D, choline, and the right kind of fat. For those who are looking to build some serious muscles, you should make eggs a part of your meals. In fact, we encourage you to increase your egg intake.

Almonds

Almonds

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Almonds are the perfect snack for bodybuilders. Not only will it provide you with an optimal blend of protein, it will also provide you with the energy you need before a workout. Packed with protein, nature’s magic bullets can also help you build muscles.

A quarter cup of almonds contains 8 grams of protein and is also packed with a high amount of magnesium, which helps boost energy. Although nuts are considered as a healthy snack, they are also high in fats and calories. Make sure that you limit your consumption to about one-fourth of a cup. This is especially important if you’re watching your weight. If you eat more than that, your body will be storing fat instead of building muscles.

Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese

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Apparently, the diet staple of a 1970s housewife is perfect for bodybuilders like you. In fact, its protein content may be comparable to that of an egg. A cup of cottage cheese contains about 28 grams of protein, 250 grams of calcium, and 163 calories. It is one of those foods that should be included on every bodybuilder’s grocery list. Unfortunately, this protein superstar is afforded secondary status.

Cottage cheese is not only rich in protein, it also contains vitamin B12. There is no doubt that the cottage cheese deserves a place on a musclehead’s plate. Make sure, though, that you pick up the low variety.

Greek yogurt

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For those who are looking for high protein foods that are healthy and delicious, this may be the answer you are looking for. Greek yogurt isn’t just your average yogurt. In fact, it is made by straining excess liquid and carbohydrates from the product. The end result is a thicker product that packs twice as much protein than the regular yogurt. This should be a staple of any muscle-building diet.

Greek yogurt is the ideal workout partner. It is packed with muscle-nourishing nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium. All of which are essential for muscle growth. For best results, always choose the plain variety. You can also throw in some fruits for added flavor.

A backpack is one of the go-to bags for men. Some of you might be tempted to bring a backpack to work, especially if you carry a lot of stuff around. While there is no doubt that backpacks are functional, most of them look like your typical school backpack. They belong to the backs of grade school students, not working professionals. You want stylish and functional men’s work bags to transport your things to and from the office.

There are so many different types of bags out there. Now that you’re a mature adult, it’s about time to upgrade that backpack and embrace the convenient, stylish trend. Now that men lug even more things – wallet, smartphone, iPad, umbrellas etc. – it is important now more than ever to invest in a good quality bag.

In this blog post, we have put together a list of some of the best men’s work bags that can be used in more formal and professional situations. Check our list below, and we can guarantee that you’ll find a bag that matches your style and needs.

Sophisticated briefcase

Tumi Alpha Bravo Andrews Slim Briefcase

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People would often tell you that you should dress for the job you want, not the job your currently have. If you are pining for a promotion, opt for a sophisticated briefcase.

A briefcase will help elevate your professional style. Whether you’re stepping into the office, boardroom or courtroom, the right briefcase will give you the look of a mature working professional. What’s great about briefcases is that they are made of materials that are built to last. They are also large enough for carrying everything you need, but not so bulky that it looks like a weekender. Most briefcases come with a handle and shoulder strap, so you have the option to carry them over your shoulder or by hand.

J.W Hulme Co. Leather Briefcase, Ted Baker London Digger Wool Briefcase, Tumi Alpha Bravo Andrews Slim Briefcase, and Pad & Quill Luxury Briefcase are just some of the best briefcases for every profession.

Leather messenger bag

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Messenger bags have been used by postmen since the early 1900s. Today, however, you don’t have to be delivering important documents to use one. In fact, they are among the most popular men’s work bags for professionals.

After enjoying several years of popularity, the messenger bag seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. The good news is that people have decided to give it another chance, and we’re seeing more and more of it in the office setting.

Messenger bags are huge enough to accommodate all your work supplies, look cool, and should last for several years. Most of them are built with heritage quality in mind, while others are combining more functional details.

The Frye Oliver Messenger Bag, Cambridge Satchel Bridge Closure Messenger, and the Timbuk2 Proof Messenger are our top picks for the coolest leather messenger bags for men.

Laptop bag

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A laptop is a big investment. So if you usually tote your laptop to and from the office, you want to make sure it’s protected. As such, we highly recommend that you invest in a good quality laptop bag.

Carrying a laptop bag allows you to transport your laptop to and from work, and shield the device from the elements. It ensures protection against dirt, moisture, and accidental damage. It assures the safety of your device. Most laptop bags also have enough storage space to accommodate a portable mouse, wires, flash drives, and other essentials.

There are a wide variety of options to choose from to house your laptop. Since bag manufacturers have put smart, protective laptop sleeves in everything from messenger bags to briefcases to backpacks, you won’t have a problem finding one that suits your needs and taste.

If you are looking for the perfect bag to tote your laptop, check out Samsonite Classic Business Laptop Shuttle, Barbour Wax Leather Briefcase, Matt and Nat Soren Briefcase, and Kenneth Cole Convertible Computer Case.

Luxury tote bag

Bonastre Leather Tote Bag

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Tote bags may not be the most practical choice for men’s work bags since they are carried at arm’s length. This type of bag is ideal for those who are more in tune with the current trends and aren’t afraid to be different.

They are more stylish than briefcases, more modern than shoulder bags, and more grown-up than backpacks. Tote bags combine the compact appearance of a backpack and the practicality of a messenger.

Bonastre Leather Tote Bag is perfect for those who want to make a bold statement without affecting their masculine credentials. The Basso&Brooke Studio Leather Tote, on the other hand, is just the bag for the flamboyant.

Folio bag

 

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Folio bags are the perfect men’s work bags. They are small enough to carry around but have enough space to accommodate all your documents, stationery, and electronic devices, and other essentials. Most of them come with several zip compartments, making it easy to organize your files. Not only are they functional, they also look great.

Folio bags are ideal for those who want to make a masculine statement. A bold leather folio gives a smart, sleek, and stylish look. If you’re looking for something fancy to transport your ideas and documents around in, consider swapping the briefcase for a folio bag.

If you are on the market for a folio bag, consider getting the Holdall & Co 14” Classic Folio or the Cambridge Satchel Folio Bag.

You mustered the courage to ask that gorgeous woman out on a date. Luckily, she said yes. That’s great! Now that the hard part is over, all you need to do is to plan out the perfect first date. Going out for dinner and watching a movie are the first things that come to mind when planning a date. While these are great first date ideas, wouldn’t it be great to add a little spice?

A first date should be casual and low-key. The entire point of going out on a date is to get to know the person. You can’t learn a lot from the person you’re interested in if you take her to the movies. Think about it. You won’t even have the opportunity to talk to her. Plus, it’s so dark you can’t even get a good look at her.

First dates can make or break a potential relationship. We’re assuming that you like this woman, so you’re hoping to land a second date. To help ensure that your date is an ultimate success, we have compiled a list of fun and unique first date ideas. In this round-up, you’ll find some amazing ideas that are sure to wow your date.

Here are the top 5 first date ideas that are sure to make a winning impression.

Theme parks

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Theme parks appeal to just about everyone. If there is an amusement park within easy driving range, we recommend that you take your date there.

You’re already nervous about a multitude of things going into a first date. The last thing you want is to worry about your wardrobe for the day. By taking your date on a theme park, there is no pressure in finding the perfect outfit. You can just chuck on some shirt, jeans, and trainers, and you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need to take her to a fancy restaurant.

Queues are inevitable, especially in theme parks. In some rides, you may even have to wait for about an hour. It may seem boring, but it provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your date. You have nothing else to do, so you might as well take this as an opportunity to get to know the person better. If you run out of things to talk about, then chat about the ride you’ve just been on.

Even if your chemistry isn’t as strong as you hoped, it is still a good excuse to have fun and let your inner kid out.

Sporting event

Sporting event

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Nearly everyone feels nervous when going on a first date. Often, we experience a racing pulse and sweaty hands. A fancy dinner date will only make you feel nervous and awkward. A sporting event provides a more casual, relaxed environment. You don’t have to work too hard to impress your date.

Even if she’s not a sports fan, we think it would be a blast to hit up a sporting event on your first date. It’s hard not to have fun while doing the wave. You’ll also have ample time to talk. If there are any lulls in the conversation, the game makes a great fall back discussion topic. Plus, food and drinks won’t cost you an arm and leg, which is especially great if you find out that she isn’t the woman of your dreams.

Haunted house

Haunted House

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Not everyone is into the darker side of life. But if you’re both looking for something out of the ordinary, you can visit a haunted house.

First dates can be quite awkward. You don’t know each other that much, so you try to think of something to talk about. After about 10 minutes, you run out of things to say and you’re stuck staring at each other over dinner. If you want your first date to be memorable, we suggest that you take her to a haunted house. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to her while waiting in line.

Although it’s one of the most unconventional first date ideas, it can be surprisingly romantic. You get to hold her hand when she gets scared. Don’t be another dinner and movie date that blends in with the rest.

Get ice cream

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First dates don’t always mean going out for dinner. It can be as simple as getting dessert. Take your date to an ice cream parlor. Order a humungous portion of ice cream and watch as a huge smile spreads across her face. Go ahead and keep the conversation rolling as you enjoy this dessert.

You may also be surprised at how much you can learn about the person based on her favorite flavor or topping choices. Does she love strawberry ice cream? If so, then she’s fiercely loyal and energetic. Individuals who love chocolate ice cream are open to exploring new ideas and experiences. Vanilla ice cream lovers enjoy living in the moment. They also appreciate good quality and minimalism.

Bike ride

Bike ride

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If you’re looking for fun and unique first date ideas, try asking her out for a bike ride. If she agrees, that means you share a common interest, which is great. A riding date allows you to explore new places while spending time with each other.

Start the day by planning where you want to go. While most cyclists love the spontaneity of pedaling without a specific destination in mind, it’s not a good idea if you’re going on a bike ride with someone. You may also want to take a short break for a quick meal and take this opportunity to chat.

Dating a cyclist gives you something exciting to talk about. You can talk about your experiences on long bike rides. Who knows, you may even have her agree to come with you next time.

Winter brings with it chilly winds and sub-zero temperatures. With shorter days and cold weather, most people experience a lull in their motivation to stay active. Many of them are tempted to skip the gym in exchange for warm nights spent indoors. Weekend bike rides and afternoon runs are also sacrificed because of the bone-chilling weather. Since winter coincides with the holiday season, most people focus their attention on preparing for gift giving, holiday parties, and family dinners.

Given all these distractions, most people let diet and exercise fall by the wayside during the winter. By the end of the holiday season, many of them have already gained a few pounds and begin to experience feelings of anxiousness or depression.

Don’t let the cold weather and holiday throw your fitness off track. You have worked so hard to achieve that body, so don’t let all your efforts go down the drain. Read on for tips on how to stay fit and healthy during the winter season.

Mindful eating

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According to studies, the average American gains about one to two pounds over the holidays. It’s not surprising given that most people attend festive events during this time of the year. Many of them are centered on foods.

Since most of our favorite foods are served in front of us, this makes it even more difficult for us to stop eating. While there is nothing wrong in indulging in your favorite foods, you may want to take a healthier approach to what you eat during the holiday season.

Choose your foods wisely. Limit the number of high-calorie foods on your plate and fill it with vegetable dishes, leafy green salads, and lean proteins. Concentrate on your meal while eating. We know you’re eager to catch up with your family, but you are more likely to lose track of how much you’ve eaten if your attention is somewhere else.

Go outdoors

Go outdoors

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Most people feel less inclined to venture outdoors during the winter months. However, staying cooped up inside the house isn’t good for your health. Later on, you may find yourself depressed and blue. Going outside can help you feel better. Adding an outdoor workout to your routine will do your body good and instantly improve your mood. Not only will you burn more calories, you’ll also be able to put an end to SAD.

Before you walk out the door, make sure that you wear enough layers to keep you warm and comfortable. Dress in easy-to-remove layers to allow for changes in temperature. Never attempt to exercise without a sufficient warm up. Otherwise, it can lead to shock in joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our body takes a longer time to warm up in winter, so make sure that you invest more time in your warm up.

Use the stairs

 

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Most people go on vacation during the holiday weekend. We bet the last thing you want to do is to put on your joggers and go out for a run while on vacation. To help you burn some calories, you may want to take the stairs at your hotel rather than taking the elevator. You can also do this at the office, subway station and other places.

Don’t think of climbing stairs as a consolation workout. It may not feel like a workout, but it actually is. In fact, it can help you burn more calories, tone and sculpt your body, increase core muscle strength, and maximize your cardio efforts. Most importantly, it’s free. Just about all of us can get access to stairs.

Shovel snow

Shovel snow

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Your walkway and driveway are likely topped with a lovely coat of white snow during this time of the year. If you allow snow to build in your driveway, this can cause potential danger to your family, your, car, and your home. So go get that shovel and start clearing the driveway.

Shovelling snow can be a very intense activity. In fact, 30 minutes of shoveling is the exercise equivalent of hitting the gym for about an hour. It is actually a great workout that engages all of your major muscles, including your triceps, biceps, glutes, quadriceps, back, and abdominals.

Most people tend to underestimate how hard shoveling snow is. This activity is almost comparable to lifting weights. Lifting heavy snow plus the cold winter air makes it even more challenging. Do not attempt to do this on your own if you have a history of heart problems. You don’t want to be rushed to the hospital while clearing snow.

Get a flu shot

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Most people spend most of their time inside the house during the winter. Viruses are more likely to thrive indoors since the doors and windows stay shut 24/7. This makes you more susceptible to colds and flu.

Anyone who has a suppressed immune system may contract the flu. Just because you did not develop symptoms, doesn’t mean that you’re immune to it. You’re still carrying the virus and may have passed it on to someone else already. This is why we think it’s important that everyone gets the flu vaccine this winter.

Ice skating

 

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If you’re looking for a fun activity that can also double as a form of workout, try ice skating. Most cities will have an ice skating rink.

Ice skating is a great way to get some exercise and embrace the winter weather at the same time. In fact, skating is said to be more beneficial than running. The joints and muscles of the legs get a great workout through gliding and synchronized movement of the legs. It also targets almost every muscle group in the body. What’s great about ice skating is that it provides a great aerobic workout without even knowing it because you’re actually having fun. The best part is you can share this activity with the rest of the family. Skip the gym and hit the ice this winter. With ice skating, you can stay in shape and have fun while you’re at it.

In today’s business world, it is important to look professional and trustworthy. Since time immemorial, men would visit their barber regularly and snip one’s hair into a buzz cut. After all, short hair is easy to take care of and makes one look more appealing and professional. But professional doesn’t always mean sporting short hairstyles and haircuts. You can still create a good first impression even with long hairstyles for men.

Women aren’t the only ones who are allowed to grow their hair out. In fact, those men who are used to short haircuts are trying to experiment with long hairstyles for men. Celebrities like Charlie Hunnam, Jared Lato, Chris Hemsworth, Johnny Depp, and Orlando Bloom have made long hair a part of their brand.

Men can escape the shackles of a buzz cut and enjoy a lengthier style. There are a lot of different ways to wear long hair these days. In fact, longer and looser hairstyles are growing trends for 2017. The trend continues to grow as more men try out long hairstyles.

If you are planning to grow out your hair, then this blog post is for you. There are a lot of hairstyles that could turn out flattering for your long tresses. That means you won’t have trouble finding the perfect hairstyle regardless of your lifestyle and profession.

To help you find a hairstyle that would suit you best, we did a roundup of some of the best long hairstyles for men, along with some suggestions on how to nail them.

The Messy Cool Style

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The messy look is popular among young guys. This hairstyle is all about looking natural and effortless, where in fact it makes one look fashionable. It gives a guy a passive, yet attractively complacent mien. It is nice and awesomely nonchalant.

Nothing is cooler than sporting a messy men’s hairstyle. The messy cool style is perfect for those who want a fuss-free hairstyle and don’t have much time to spare in the morning. It’s a quick and easy hairstyle that will allow you to get out of the door in a matter of minutes. It gives you a unique look and makes you stand out from the crowd. Keep in mind, though, that a messy hairstyle is experimental. You need to find a look that best suits your facial features. In this case, we highly recommend that you consult your stylist before styling your hair in a messy way. They can give you some ideas on how to style your hair.

Shoulder Length Side Part

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Shoulder length hair is a great option for those who want to grow their hair long without going overboard.

With the current trend of disheveled hair, it is a good idea to choose a hairstyle that gives off a more formal vibe. This look adds a touch of maturity to an otherwise carefree vibe. Here, the hair is parted on the side and is styled to fall on the shoulders. The other section falls on the other shoulder and is tucked behind the ear. This look will work best for men with thick hair.

To pull off this look, start by applying some light hold product on your hair. Then, create a deep side part.

Man-Bun

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Man-bun refers to the particular placing of a bun on a male’s head. This look is taking over the world. Don’t believe us? Walk down the street and you are likely to see some men in man buns. Some celebrities even sported the look on the red carpet and awards ceremonies. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jared Leto are just some of the celebrities we’ve seen rocking the man bun.

There is a wide range of ways to style the look. It can be worn low on the neck, high on the head or somewhere in between. To give it a unique look, you may also add shaved sides, low fade or an undercut.

The Man Tail

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The ponytail is the go-to hairstyle for women when dealing with bad hair days. Not only does it provide an easy way to conceal frizzy, unruly locks, it is an easy style that can be pulled off in a matter of seconds. It also gets your hair off of your face, which is ideal when you’re working out. Basically, the man tail is the men’s variation of the ponytail. If you’re bored of wearing your hair down, just pull your hair up into a man tail.

The man tail is practical and convenient. But make sure not to wear your ponytails too tight or in the same position as it can cause headaches and traction alopecia. To keep from abusing the same hairs in the same way over and over, it is a good idea to vary up the location of your ponytail – low, high, side, crown.

Long Curls

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Girls aren’t the only ones rocking long curly hair these days. In fact, men look equally as sexy in their messy, curly look.

If you are a curly-haired man, you may have toyed with the idea of growing out your hair. But you decided not to act on that idea considering that curly hair can be quite difficult to handle or tame. The good news is, having a kinky head of hair provides endless styling possibilities.

If you like fuss-free long hairstyles for men, then you can take the easy route and just let your natural curls grow out. Think Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington. Spritz sea salt spray onto your hair to hold the waves and curls in place without making them rigid. Also, get a trim whenever you feel like your hair is getting particularly frizzy or if it’s getting too long.

Holiday weight gain is real. It’s not just Americans who gain weight during the holiday season, but people from all over the world. In fact, the average weight gain during this four-week holiday period is two pounds. Although it is actually smaller than what most people think, you shouldn’t whip out your noisemakers just yet. Why? It’s because most people tend to have a hard time losing those pounds after the holidays. If you are one of them, you may be in need of some weight loss tips.

Losing weight is no walk in the park. According to studies, it usually takes most people about 5 months to lose what they have gained over the holidays. The weight gain may not be significant, but it doesn’t come off quickly. Two pounds may not seem like much, but since the majority of the American adult population is already overweight or obese, this increases their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you are guilty of indulging in rich, fatty foods and sugary treats during the holidays, you may be toting a few extra pounds that need shedding. By following these weight loss tips, you can welcome the year with a slimmer, healthier version of you.

Set realistic goals

Set realistic goals

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There is no magic potion that allows you to lose weight in an instant. Try to make the necessary changes in your diet and lifestyle, but don’t overhaul your diet overnight. If you do, you’ll end up going back to your old habits after a week or two.

If you are serious about losing weight, then try to make weekly resolutions. But make sure that you set realistic goals. Otherwise, you’ll just end up feeling disappointed. Losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week is doable. But in order to achieve your goal, you need to eliminate about 500 calories daily through diet and exercise. If you think you can do that, then good for you. If not, don’t push yourself too hard. Losing weight takes patience and dedication. With proper planning and discipline, you’ll definitely achieve your goals.

Eat healthy

Eat healthy

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There are lots of diet trends that claim to help you shed some pounds fast. Although some of them work, they are only suitable for short-term weight management. After that, you’ll be reverting back to your old habits, and you’ll gain those pounds you’ve worked so hard to get rid of. Instead of relying on some diet trends, try sticking to a healthy, nutritious diet. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.

Nuts, tuna, beans, legumes, boiled potatoes, cruciferous vegetables, salmon, and eggs are just some of the foods that are weight-loss friendly. Try to incorporate these foods into your daily diet, and they’ll help you turn your weight loss dream into reality. Small changes in your diet can make a big difference.

Get moving

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The combination of diet and exercise is the perfect recipe for weight loss. For those who are serious about burning some calories, this is one of the best weight loss tips we can give you.

Exercise provides several benefits. Not only will it help you burn fat and stay fit, it can also help prevent the development of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. In order to enjoy all these benefits, you need to commit to regular exercise.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean spending time in the gym. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, and cycling are great forms of exercise. Choose one that you enjoy doing the most. There is no point in getting a gym membership if you find running on a treadmill boring. In order to get the maximum benefits, you need to make sure that you enjoy what you’re doing. Otherwise, you may find yourself dragging yourself to the gym and wasting your money in the end. Having an exercise buddy is also a great idea. Not only does it make exercising more fun, you’ll also feel more motivated to stick to your routine.

Drink water

Drink water

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Most people have a hard time distinguishing thirst from hunger. More often than not, people mistake thirst for hunger. This usually happens if you don’t drink enough water.

Dehydration causes your body to receive mixed signals on hunger. It causes you to believe that you’re hungry, when in fact, you’re just thirsty. Over time, this can lead to weight gain. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you’re drinking enough fluids throughout the day.

If you think you’re hungry, resist the urge to grab some snacks. Get a glass of water instead, and then wait for about 5 minutes. If you still feel your stomach rumbling after 5 minutes, then you’re probably hungry. At this point, your body is telling you that it needs food. Try eating something healthy that will give you some sense of fullness.

Get rid of temptations

Get rid of temptations

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Most people would grab a bag of chips and a can of soda when they feel hungry. Often, this is also the snack of choice when binge-watching their favorite TV series during the weekends. This is one of the biggest reasons why most folks gain weight.

If your pantry is filled with junk foods and carbonated drinks, now would be the best time to get rid of them. So the next time you feel the urge to munch on something, you won’t be tempted to grab a bag of chips. Rather, munch on something healthier like cucumber sticks, asparagus fries or kale chips. Not only are they healthy, they won’t make you fat either.

Don’t eat after dinner

Don’t eat after dinner

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Late-night snacking can be a source of hundreds of excess calories, which can cause you to gain additional pounds. This is especially true if you are someone who eats mindlessly out of a pretzel bag or enjoys spooning ice cream from the container.

Often, people eat midnight snacks because they’re hungry, bored or because it’s been a habit. To curb your night time snacking, we recommend that you eat a satisfying dinner. This is actually one of the biggest mistakes committed by those who are trying to lose weight. Sure, you’re not supposed to eat a lot at dinner time, but make sure that it’s filling enough that it would last you until bedtime.

There are also times when we mistake hunger for tiredness. Lack of sleep may cause you to eat more. If you find yourself craving for some snacks even after you ate a fulfilling dinner, this may be your body’s way of telling you that it needs some rest. You’re not hungry, you’re just tired.