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The Better Sex Diet

These are the best foods you can eat to get a stronger erection, and keep it. Plus, help you last longer in bed.

Sex life a little slugglish lately? You don't need to be experimenting with crazy sex positions or foreplay—a simple diet change could go a long way. Start swapping these recipes in today for better sex tonight.

The diet plan below was created by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD.

BREAKFAST in BED
1 cup cooked oatmeal (make it with 1% milk, a spoonful of cocoa powder, artificial sweetener, and top with chopped walnuts)
1 cup plain yogurt mixed with 1 cup chopped strawberries
8 oz Concord Grape Juice

WHY THIS MEAL?
You want your arteries like your bed partner: healthy, flexible, and ready to pump at a moment's notice.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Arteries gummed up with plaque reduce the flow of blood down below, making it more difficult to get rock hard and stay that way. Our meal combines oatmeal, which has been linked to lower blood cholesterol concentrations, plus cocoa, which amplifies its effects while boosting good HDL cholesterol. Nuts like walnuts supply a shot of the amino acid arginine to pump up the production of nitric oxide, a compound involved in successful erections, while grape juice and strawberries fight sodium and help your blood vessels to relax, ensuring your blood pressure stays in check.

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THE QUICKIE AT LUNCH
A salad made with 2 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 medium chopped tomato, 1⁄2 cup of marinated artichokes (drained) plus balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing
A can of your favorite beef stew with 1 cup cooked, cooled barley added

WHY THIS MEAL?
To protect your nerves—increases sensitivity during sex.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our hearty stew tames elevated blood sugar levels, which can wreak havoc with nerves in your nether region, preventing you from enjoying sex to the fullest. Barley is brimming with a type of fiber that suppresses spikes in blood glucose. Meanwhile, the chromium in romaine and tomatoes boosts insulin activity, helping to keep blood levels on an even keel. And the magnesium in artichokes improves insulin sensitivity, preventing glucose buildup.

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BOOST YOUR TESTOSTERONE FOR DINNER
6 oz grilled pork tenderloin
1 cup quinoa tossed with 1⁄4 cup chopped cashews
1 cup cooked broccoli drizzled with 1 tablespoon olive oil

WHY THIS MEAL?
To help your body hormone up.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Cashews and pork are chock-full of zinc, a mineral that's essential for testosterone production. The high-quality protein in pork and quinoa can also help you lose the love handles that may be holding you back beneath the sheets (or on the couch). That's because excess fat prompts the body to tie up T, rendering it unavailable to stir sexual urges. Finally, olive oil and cashews provide a bit of good fat to your system, since very-low-fat diets sap testosterone.

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