A staggering two-thirds of men in the UK are classed as overweight or obese according to the Men’s Health Forum.
If you’re one of the big, fat majority of men who need to lose some lard, then should definitely take a look Man V Fat. It’s a free, monthly, online magazine that launched this year and is dedicated to helping men lose weight.
If you want a low fat (but wisdom rich) taster of the type of articles you’ll find at Man V Fat, then carry on reading. One of Man V Fat’s regular features is “The Fixer”, a type of Agony Uncle for chubby chaps. Here’s what the fixer had to say to a Man V Fat reader who asked about the best diet to help men lose weight:
Frequently I’m asked “what’s the best diet to follow for weight loss?, and unfortunately there isn’t an easy answer to that question. If someone was to invent a process of identifying a perfect diet for a specific-client, that person would become very successful quickly. In reality one diet may work well for someone but not another. Finding a diet that will work for you can be a complex and a frustrating process, and you may have already gone through a trial and error process in your search for the perfect diet.
Stay away from fad diets
Of course moving away from the fad diets is important however there are many diet plans out there that have proved to be effective.
There is a vast rage of diets from calorie counting diets to diets focusing on controlling specific food types and amounts. However they all focus on one aim. To promote energy deficit. In simple terms this means eating less than you body needs (so it therefore starts using fat stores for energy. Some examples of common diet plans used for weight loss includes:
- The low carbohydrate diet
- Calorie counting/healthy eating
- Meal replacements
- Commercial weight management groups
- Mediterranean diet
- Very low calorie liquid diets
They all have positive and negative aspects. It’s about choosing the right one for you. Some may require more planning and organization but offer flexibility (making it day-to-day lie friendly), whilst others are very prescriptive and take very little planning (are therefore difficult to ‘stick’ to.) The key point being none of these have demonstrated superiority over any other in the long-term.
If you want to lose weight, be realistic
From my experience, clients that plan their diet to suit their individual circumstances can demonstrate change in learning behaviours long-term. Following a personalised diet plan can sometimes be more realistic and sustainable.
How to achieve this? By starting simple. Some ideas could include reducing your portion sizes (of the foods you are already eating). Or reduce the frequency of a specific food or drink that you may want to limit. Ensure that your diet is balanced with a variety of foods, and you may want to seek support from a professional to help you achieve this. The key point being, it’s your plan. Set specific goals, whilst quantifying your progress (e.g. weight, clothes size).
A one size fits all doesn’t work, and don’t feel negatively about not following your approach to the letter, just remember to monitor your progress and if you’re not meeting your goals, reassess and adjust the plan. If willpower is not an issue, maybe focussing your willpower in a different direction may be beneficial.
Thanks to our friends at Man V Fat for allowing us to publish this article. If you want to find out more about Man V Fat's excellent free magazine for men who want to lose weight you can visit their website, join them on facebook or follow them twitter.
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