So you’re a man and you are on a weight loss program – or want to be on one. That’s a big step! You are doing the best thing possible for your appearance and your health. But, let’s be honest, as a male dieter you are in something of a minority.
There are some well-known celebrity examples: actor and now talk show presenter James Corden has recently lost a lot of weight, and so has singer Sam Smith.
But their weight loss is newsworthy partly because they are men.
The truth is that, although there are more overweight men in their forties than women , men are far less likely to diet. That’s not because men don’t care about their appearance, but because being on a “diet” is – to many males – still seen as “unmanly”. They couldn’t be more wrong, but that doesn’t stop them thinking it.
A man on a weight loss plan is more likely to get needled by his friends who can say hurtful things in the name of “banter,” and men are less likely to visit medical professionals regarding their weight, even if they could provide the advice they need.
If you are considering a weight-loss plan, you have already proved that you have negotiated and beaten all these old-fashioned attitudes – but here are five tips to keep your motivation strong.
Never be embarrassed
One in three men are too embarrassed or ashamed to admit they are on a weight loss plan, according to a study. Some of them confessed that they could not even imagine telling their close family and friends.
We understand, it’s out of your comfort zone, but getting lean and healthy is nothing to be ashamed of. Men are increasingly willing to admit that they are considering or participating in a weight loss program.
Be proud of your weight loss – others will admire you.
Keep on saying no
This is one area where men are natural winners – they are steadfast and not afraid to turn down an offer of food. Once they are focused on losing weight, that is what they do. They have much less trouble turning down that piece of cake. This is a good thing – so carry on refusing.
Deal with the banter
It’s one of those inescapable facts of life that men relate to each other in a different way to women. It is, for instance, acceptable for men to be downright rude to each other about their appearance, habits and choices. The recipient of this banter is supposed to “take it like a man” – that is, not get upset. It’s not nastiness, it’s male bonding. Let the banter roll off your shoulders – you’l get the last laugh once your friends start noticing your weight loss results.
As a man, you will probably want to simplify your achievement. You will hold no truck with soft talk about “self-esteem” and “self-worth” and “ self-confidence”. You are much more likely to want to talk about your weight problem the way you would talk, say, about a leaky gutter. There was a problem and you fixed it. Just don’t forget to acknowledge what you are doing is actually huge achievement, if only to yourself.
Take advantage where you can
As a man, you will probably have a higher metabolic rate than a woman. This means you can eat more and still lose weight, in fact it means that you need to eat more. So take full advantage of this biological fact. The world is turning in your favor is that it is more socially acceptable than ever for a man to care about his health, fitness and appearance. So take advantage of this too and feel confident in your decision to transform your body and your life.
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