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Men and weight loss

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
A healthy well portioned meal for any man who wants to be full but experience the tasty.
Lifting weights is one exercise men can do to lose weight.

There's nothing quite like a man who exudes confidence - those who slack off in the health department tend to fall short when it comes to having the right swag. But all hope is not lost because all that's stopping him from getting the body he desires is his mind and his time.

Men wanting to lose weight should know that it is simpler than they think. As a matter of fact, they will find that losing weight is easier for them than it is for women. Yes, you read that correctly. It all has to do with the way in which men are physically built. Their muscles tend to burn fat faster, especially when lifting weights. However, generally, the rules of weight loss remain the same for men and women.

The first rule of weight loss has a lot to do with eating correctly. And according to general practitioner Dr Garth Rattray, portion control is very important. It is not expected that a man should eat the same amount as a woman, because he does burn more energy and, therefore, is expected to consume more.

When it comes to a man's diet, he should stick to more complex proteins such as sweet potatoes. Greens are important too, as is some form of lean protein with every meal.

While decreasing portion size, men also need to increase how frequently they eat to six times daily. This includes three regular meals with three snacks in-between. The mistake you do not want to make, Dr Rattray notes, is getting hungry. He explains that allowing yourself to get hungry will cause the body to go into survival mode and hold on to the food, slowing down your metabolism and making it harder for you to lose weight. That is why having all your meals on time is so important.




Though weight loss is mainly based on diet, exercise is also important. There are some precautions that Dr Rattray believes men should take into consideration. He revealed that it is not realistic to work out every day of the week, and states that four days per week for up to 40 minutes per day is adequate.

He also advises against heavy weightlifting or exercises in the inception of your weight-loss regime. This can do you more harm than good. He explained that a few men have been in his office after starting too vigorously, which resulted in muscle tissue injuries. This is counterproductive since they would need to stop working out all together for a period of time in order to recuperate.




While starting too vigorously can have negative results, the weekend warriors (men who might play football or any sport and work out only on the weekends) system is not recommended for weight loss. Yes, it is better than not doing anything at all, but this will not be effective for weight loss. It is better to break it down and spread out your exercise throughout the week instead of going overboard on two days.

But he guarantees that with consistency and proper guidance from a dietitian or nutritionist and a personal trainer, you should be able to shed the weight and keep it off for good.