Calories in calories out, healthy eating, portion size, exercise, etc. I can teach you all of this and much more. These concepts are fundamentally important to lose weight and have the best chance of keeping that weight off once you reach your goal. However, none of this may matter unless you really WANT to lose weight.
Yep, it’s not easy to lose weight and it’s even harder to maintain weight loss once you reach your goal. Yet the truth of the matter is that there are many people who do achieve their goals and keep the weight off. And I’m talking about people who may have needed to lose 100 pounds or more not just 5, 10, 15, or 20 pounds.
So ask yourself how badly do you want to succeed? What healthy choices are you willing to make beginning today to achieve your goal? Do you care enough? Those who care enough will generally succeed and those who don’t won’t.
I thought I might share with you some of the strategies men use both with motivation and otherwise to successfully reach their weight loss goals. Although my focus and expertise is primarily with weight loss for women it’s fun to see what kind of strategies men use to reach their weight loss goals to discover what may or may not be helpful for women.
I would agree wholeheartedly with the perspective of Rich Schefren. He is a business and marketing expert I have followed for many years. Recently he lost 60 pounds by taking a bit of time to discover what would work for him. He stressed the importance of discovering a way of eating and exercising that fit his personality and lifestyle. He says all too often both men and women want a cookie cutter solution to weight loss. But that seldom works because each person has unique needs. Yes, I agree!
Rich emphasized the importance of knowing yourself. When you take the time to understand your personal habits you are in a much better position to make changes. That’s why I often recommend keeping a food diary.
Keeping a food diary works well for most women. But honestly, I rarely hear of a man keeping a food diary. So let’s take a look at some of the many ways men achieve success by discovering what works for them.
1. Ron may not have kept a food diary but his light bulb moment came about when he realized his weight problems had a lot to do with his poor eating habits and a lack of exercise. He weighed in at more than 300 pounds when he started and reports having lost 54 pounds so far.
He admits he has a long way to go but simply understanding that his habits were holding him back has made all the difference. His tips are to eat right and work out hard.
Now don’t let the work out hard advice scare you away. Recent research on women reported on in the New York Times suggests that adhering to a reasonable exercise regime as little as 2-4 times a week can make a significant difference.
Take a good hard look at your habits and see what changes you could make in your life.
2. One of the male contestants on the Biggest Loser program a few years back says the most significant factor influencing his weight loss success was when he recognized the need to change his habits AND equally important if not more so his attitudes. In the past he would think of himself as being fat, a loser, and worthless. He turned that around to have positive thoughts of being strong, confident, and capable.
How might your thoughts be keeping you a prisoner of excess weight?
3. One man reports making a complete dietary change from one day to the next. He gave up the greasy, fatty, and sugary foods he loved. Within approximately two weeks he says his tastes began to change and his cravings went down. He combined healthy eating with weight training and cardio but he admits that staying with a strict nutritional plan was by far the hardest but ultimately the best decision he could have made.
To read more about the weight loss success of Kris, the founder and CEO of Shapefit click here.
4. A 26 year old man named Vishal was asked what had motivated him to lose 140 pounds. His answer? Very simple. He wanted a girlfriend.
What kind of change would you like to see in your life that might provide you with the motivation you need?
5. Shawn needed to lose a lot of weight. He knew he didn’t have a workout buddy and his wife did not need to lose weight. So he chose to start a blog to write about his weight loss efforts. He told everyone he could about his goal and his blog. Having friends, family, and other readers follow his blog helped to keep him accountable and on track.
What might you do to hold yourself accountable for reaching your weight loss goals?
Not only did Shawn lose 136 pounds but he gained a following of 10,000 readers!
Shawn’s main tips for weight loss include not restricting any food group and setting realistic exercise goals.
It is true that men may hit the gym harder than women. But long hours at the gym may not be what matters most for the average woman. It’s also true that men typically have more muscle mass than the average woman regardless of the hours spent at the gym. This means they will often lose weight at a faster rate. Otherwise, men and women are not that different.
What matters is knowing that you can achieve your weight loss goals when you make the right choices. Eat right, increase your physical activity, adopt a positive attitude, and find a way to hold yourself accountable. These are just a few of the many strategies that work for men and women if you are committed.
What are your main stumbling blocks? Let me know.
Wishing you the best,