Weight Loss in Men – Is it a Challenge?
Losing weight is a big challenge for most of my clients. It gets a bit trickier when it’s a ‘male’ client. Most women believe that men do not care about their health and don’t feel the need to lose weight. This could be true to an extent but not in entirety.
Men in general tend to treat weight loss as a job which needs to be completed if the need arises; generally it is only when things get out of line that they act upon it, expecting instant outcomes.
Let us acknowledge that men are different and need a tailored line of action when it comes to working with their bodies to lead a successful weight loss outcome; however the basics do not change. If one has a set goal and is really committed to losing weight, then it is only about the small changes that lead you to success.
First and the most important factor in attaining weight loss goal is to understand and overcome myths. A popular myth is that ‘I need to drastically cut calories’ , this is not completely true, yes the fact is that you need to cut down calories but not drastically, it needs to be a reasonable cut, a diet consultant would be able to guide you in the right direction. The key lies in a balanced approach.
It is also not completely true that you need to give up your favourite foods entirely or you need to cut down on your food intake significantly. A gradual change in your diet habits could help you achieve your desired goal.
Another myth that people strongly believe is ‘Snacking between meals is wicked’. Traditionally it was believed that three meals a day is the ideal way, however it is now known that five to six small meals a day is ideal to achieve weight loss.
Once we overcome many other such myths, the path of attaining weight loss is clear and defined; the challenge then lies in identifying and overcoming hunger along with including structured physical activities in your daily life pattern.
A key factor to consider is to ensure that your food intake should not be driven by external factors such as stress, boredom or anger and it is vital that one knows and manages portion sizes as this can make or break your efforts.
Most men find ‘going on a diet’ uncomfortable, well you do not have to go ‘On a Diet’ to lose weight; stress on improving your eating habits.
Another important area to watch out for is ‘Alcohol’. Men generally tend to worry if they need to cut down alcohol to lose weight; the fact is alcohol does contain energy and it is advisable to drink in moderation. Keeping them for social events is a wise decision. Please consult a health professional if you have any health issues for further guidance in this area.
Some Key points to consider
- Five plus a day is good
- Cut down on takeaways and make healthy choices when eating out.
- Play an outdoor sport (when you can), don’t just be an audience.
- Team up in your efforts; join a group of like minded individuals.
- Walk, Run, Jog – never miss an opportunity
- Don’t be fooled by myths and FAD diets.
- Confide and ask for help especially from someone who cares
- Go slow on alcoholic drinks