Diet Plans for Men - Dr Briffa's Waist Disposal: The Ultimate Fat Loss Manual for Men

This hub is dedicated to my friend Art who asked for a hub to “Banish a Belly” and Waist Disposal - the Ultimate Fat Loss Manual for Men was the nearest I could get!

Waist Disposal - the Ultimate Fat Loss Manual for Men is the seventh book to be published by Dr John Briffa. Briffa believes his latest book delivers men with the comprehensive information they need to lose weight and keep it off in easy to follow practical steps. He explains that ” all you need to transform your body for the better is to follow some simple dietary guidelines that have nothing to do with calorie counting or portion control (so no hunger), and exercise for just 12 minutes a day.”

Photo courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography - Flickr
Photo courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography - Flickr

Briffa was a prize winning student at University College London Medical School where he gained his medical degree and since qualifying as a doctor he has specialized in the areas of nutrition and complementary natural medicine. Not only is he an author and a practicing doctor he is also journalist, lecturer and broadcaster.

As the title infers this book is aimed at helping men lose weight and this area of the weight loss market is far from being saturated. as there are many men who are wanting to lose their spare tire around their middle for the sake of their appearance and their health.

Unfortunately fat around the belly usually means that there is also visceral fat, surrounding your internal organs which can cause chronic illness. This means that you might be damaging your health if you are carrying some additional weight around your midriff but are still what would be considered to be a healthy weight as you could have deposits of visceral fat.


Dr John Biffa on "Waist Disposal"

In this book Briffa pours scorn on the traditional weight loss regime of restricting calories and exercising more as he believes

  • It is unsustainable as it leaves you feeling hungry
  • Counting calories often results in a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat
  • Carbohydrate causes our bodies to produce insulin, a hormone which is responsible for creating fat deposits
  • Eating less can cause your metabolism to slow down
  • The amounts of calories burned by exercise are relatively small
  • People who exercise more tend to eat more

He claims that the information and advice he provides in the book is based on both his own clinical experience and hundreds of scientific studies. He also considers that as a species our bodies have evolved and are best equipped to deal with types of foods that we have eaten for the longest period of time in our history. This means that we are best adapted to cope with “hunter gatherer” foods such as meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables but not grains such as wheat and corn or highly processed foods. Briffa calls this ‘The Primal Principle”.

Men are prone to accumulate any excess weight around their waist which is why Briffa has chosen “Waist Disposal for part of the title of his book. He has also chosen to call this excess weight “Toxic Waist” because of the links of excess abdominal fat to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

He also states the strategies in his book can produce rapid results and considerable progress within a few weeks for men. He looks to change the composition of the body by reducing fat but increasing muscle so it is possible to make large improvements without very much weight loss having taken place.

Briffa contends that some food types are more likely to form fat in the body than other so this is why counting calories does not work. The book advises which foods are least likely to form fat in your body as well as advising which foods are best to satisfy our appetites for the longest period of time. He provides details of the types of foods to eat with recipes for quick and easy to prepare.

Briffa believes that our thoughts and beliefs are also key to delivering successful dietary change and successful weight loss, and he dedicates the whole of the final chapter of his book to providing the information to maintain the necessary motivation

The Number One Fat Burning Exercise


This article is one of a series that I've written reviewing some of the more popular weight loss and lifestyle programs.  If you found this article interesting you may enjoy reading the others in the series which are

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Amber Allen 5 years ago Author

Hi hatailor

I'm pleased you liked the article which is a review of the book and provides a little background information on the author. I also include a video from Dr Biffa.

This information may of course lead people to decide that they would like to more and buy the book.


hatailor 5 years ago

Nice article but it has no real info on what men should eat. Sounds like a call to buy Dr. Briffa's book...

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Amber Allen 5 years ago Author

Hi neeta

Pleased you approve!


neeta 5 years ago

good one..:)

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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hi katie

There aren't a lot of diet plans for men on the market and ones which aims to shift stubborn belly fat like "Waist Disposal: The Ultimate Fat Loss Manual for Men" have got this market almost to themselves. Thanks for sharing.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

These are wonderful diet tips for men and the disposal of that unwanted belly fat concentrated at the waist. It's really hard for men to lose that stuborn fat and those areas. I'll share this one.

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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hi Don

Thanks for kind comments - I'm blushing! It is good that you know what causes your weight gain - at least you then have a good chance of controlling it.


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Glad you wrote this. I want to come back and read more. My number one reason recently for losing weight and then putting some of it back on stems from eating quickly at night when my brain is wired and I'm frustrated. Ugh. I have to keep working on that to substitute food for something else . . . I know! Reading your Hubs!!!

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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hi wrenfrost

Traditonal diets certainly don't work for me either!


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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hello prasetio

It made a lot of sense to me that men might need a different type of diet. I'm glad your recent diet went well. Thank you for rating up.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Another well written and informative hub Amber. I agree with Dr Briffa on the points made about traditional diets, in short they don't work. This does however seem sensible. :)

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information from you. I also diet for a couple weeks. I combine this with exercise. The result was great. I think man also need diet. I hope I get back my slim body. Although I have average weight. Thanks, Amber. I rate this Up.


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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hi Maita, anginwu and BKC

Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my hub. I've had a very busy week and have not managed to spend very much time on-line.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Sigh! It seems suddenly I have this big belly. It was probably happening all winter but now that summer is here and I'm taking off the clothes - "What have we here? Yikes!" - well now I know what has been going on.

Even though this is for men - that youtube video shows the best fat burning exercise and women can do it. I'll try it.

Thanks a million. Rated up of course!

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anglnwu 6 years ago

I'm with not counting calories--i don't do it and it works. Thanks for the interesting hub.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

awesome, well researched hub Amber, Maita

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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hello Art

I'm so glad you approve. I like a man with well developed pecs!


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Amber Allen 6 years ago Author

Hi Pamela

It does have a slightly different slant to the low carb diets not just becasue it is aimed at men. Thanks for commenting.


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TattoGuy 6 years ago

Awesome hub Amber and I have signed up for his daily emails so I can tone up my abs, not sure I want rid of my man boobs as being on my own I likes feeling them lol, but hey muchness thankness for the dedication, yer a lil star, loves ya loads xox

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Interesting article as it has a little different slant than some diet books I have read. Good hub.

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