Because of our background in scientific weight loss research (and as members of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, or ANZOS) we know some things that other weight loss ‘experts’ don’t know, and utilise this knowledge in delivered our programs. For example:
We challenge traditional thinking about weight loss in men in favour of approaches focusing on ‘waist loss’ and health. A 1% waist loss goal/week is set for the first 4-6 weeks, after which goals are set through a unique individual formula. We don’t use your body mass index (BMI)!
The relevance of ‘diets’ and ‘calorie counting’ are questioned (and discarded!). Instead, we focus on the total volume of energy intake and expenditure (‘volumonics’), which doesn’t require eating less, but rather eating differently. We also offer meal replacements, which you can try, and see if they work for you.
The ‘volumonics’ approach to exercise means that you don’t have to bust a gut to lose a gut! Instead, movement can be converted to physical activity and exercise, based on motivation, need and health status. We also show you how to measure how much movement you actually do.
Men are creatures of habit when it comes to eating and moving. We show you how to change fattening habits, using standard behavioural principles. We also teach you how to differentiate between hunger and appetite, and how this helps you lose weight.
We show you why the ‘beer gut’ is a misnomer and how you can enjoy a drink and lose weight and waist. Plateaus in weight loss are also explained as both important and useful. We show you how and why plateaus happen, and how to use these to your advantage.
Men have less difficulty losing weight (and waist) than women. However, they do have trouble keeping it off long-term in an ‘obesogenic’ environment. There are physiological reasons why this is so, but we teach you how it can be successfully accomplished.
Other lifestyle factors (stress, sleep, the environment, drugs etc), can all interact with diet and exercise to increase your weight and waist. For example:
STRESS causes women to eat more. It usually makes men eat less – but drink more! Hence knowing how to deal with stress and how to manage drinking under these circumstances is important for long-term health and waist loss. You can enjoy a drink while managing your stress, and still lose weight healthily. But you need to know how to manage both.
SLEEP is the big ‘sleeper’ (pardon the pun) in waist loss. And while men would often like to spend more time beneath the sheets (in the horizontal dancing position) they need to make sure they get good, sound, adequate sleep of between 7-10 hours a night. If good sleep is made bad by worry, tossing and turning or any of the 140 different types of sleep disorders, it can lead to tiredness (during the day) and hence lack of desire to exercise, plus a craving for unhealthy snacks, then …… well, you get the picture.
THE ENVIRONMENT, both macro (the country, the world, the weather etc) and micro (the neighbourhood, your home etc) are a big influence on health and body weight. And while the modern western (macro) environment makes for very comfortable living, it’s also very ‘obesogenic,’ or fattening, with food marketers, manufactures and politicians all trying to flog their wares to make you eat more – for the good of the economy, or their wallets (or both). There’s not much you can do about this (except resist it), but you can do something about the (micro) environment - around your neighbourhood and in your fridge.
DRUGS don’t have to be of the illegal type to affect your waist. In fact, almost all prescribed medications have side effects, and these are most commonly felt by men – in the form of weight gain and sexual impotence (and the two can be inter-related). Knowing the side effects of your medications, and what could be used as alternatives, is a good start to getting well (when medicines are needed), and getting ‘waisted’ when weight loss is going to make you even healthier. We do love a pun.