Weight loss for men

While it seems that women are the ones more eager to try dieting, men also want to lose weight, especially as they age. With more muscle mass, men can often lose weight easier than women, but they experience their own issues staying on target with their weight-loss goals. Enter Svetlana Pyatigorskaya, a nurse practitioner with more than three decades of medical experience. She’s become a weight loss expert and offers alternative treatments that have proven successful long-term. Call Vitality NP Family Health in Downtown NYC for a consultation.

Why Should I Be Concerned about My Weight?

Men who are overweight or obese are more prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoarthritis and even hair loss.  The extra weight causes many of your body’s systems to struggle, and the added stress may lead you to an early death. Weight loss for men, therefore, extends your life expectancy and allows you to participate more freely in life.

Vitality NP Family Health  in Downtown New York City creates the best personalized programs for weight loss. Of all the things you can do to lose weight, though, diet and exercise are the most fundamental, according to family nurse practitioner Svetlana Pyatigorskaya.  Successful, long-lasting weight loss programs for men must include:

Why Do Men Shy Away from Dieting?

Men lose weight in different ways than women.  According to studies about men and dieting, there are specific barriers to men’s weight loss. Some of these include:

  • Men have no knowledge of weight loss practices.
  • They don’t want to commit to a long program.
  • Men want programs specifically designed for them.
  • They want to be allowed treats and cheat times, which most diets don’t allow.

Dieting has become complex. It’s not just a matter of eating less and moving more. Studies show that what you eat is just as or more important as how much you eat. Common guidelines for a successful diet for men include:

  • Use smaller plates so the amount you’re eating looks larger
  • Keep a food diary to track what you eat, including the time, the place and your mood at the time
  • Shop with a grocery list
  • Never go food shopping hungry
  • Plan your meals, including your lunches
  • Eat at home as much as possible to control portion size
  • Consume whole foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts
  • Include unsaturated fats, lean proteins and whole grains

Why Is Exercising Required?

One fact that hasn’t changed about losing weight is that you must burn more calories than you consume. If you aren’t moving, you’re not burning calories. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, every day. Ideas for beginning exercise include:
  • Doing yoga
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Participating in your favorite sport
Studies show that breaking up those 30 minutes into three 10-minute segments doesn’t help you lose weight or keep it off long-term. Choose movement that you love. If you love it, you’re more likely to stick with it. Making exercise a habit is a behavior change that can add years to your life.

What if I Don’t Want to Change My Behavior?

Behavioral changes remove temptations and obstacles to your success. Behavioral changes, however, may be the toughest aspect of losing weight. You may need to examine and possible change anything you do in your day-to-day routine that involves eating. Some examples of simple behavior changes include:
  • Change your commute to avoid favorite haunts
  • Don’t buy food that’s not on your diet plan
  • Eat your lunch in a different place or at a different time to avoid coworkers who aren’t eating in a healthy way
  • Create new routines with your home meals so healthy eating becomes second nature
Changes to your behavior help you keep to the new diet and exercise habits you’re cultivating. New habits have a greater chance of succeeding if you change everything, including where and how you eat. Remember that it only takes three weeks for a new habit to take.

What Should I Do if I’m Still Struggling?

Medical weight loss  involves a multi-pronged approach. It can even include surgery to shrink the size of your stomach, but surgery is usually reserved for serious cases. Other options include:

When all else fails, bariatric surgery may be an option. Svetlana at Vitality NP Family Health offers pre-surgery preparations  and post-operative care that improve the odds that your surgery will be successful long-term. When you’re ready to start the best eight loss program for men, contact this New York City health clinic. 

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Svetlana Pyatigorskaya is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and American Board Anti Aging Health Practitioner. She lives and practicing in New York .