I have been talking to people recently about motivation.
What is it that motivates a man to lose weight?
Is it a health scare? Feeling tired and out of breath, not being able to bend down to tie shoelaces or put on socks?
I mentioned that I have had great success with fathers and sons losing weight together, the combination of macho posturing, not wanting another male to do better than them plus the caring about the son or father seems to work really well.
Speaking to men about this I have found that during their teens and early twenties men want to be big, they may go to the gym and work out, lifting weights, having protein shakes and supplements to increase their bulk.
One of my sons told me that some men’s clothing manufacturers don’t make size small, you can only get medium, large, extra large and extra extra large, because no man wants to go and buy something that implies he is small!
When a man is a little older and is settling down and starting a family a whole new set of responsibilities start to appear, a man is concerned about his wife/partner and providing for children, it is at this point that health concerns may be raised, but they are still young and fit and although they may not have as much time as before to exercise, they still don’t feel the need to restrict their diet.
With the forties and fifties there is even less opportunity for exercise for most men and with teenaged children to cope with and a social life that revolves around food and drink it is then that the weight can pile on and problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, can start to cause problems.
The GP may well say that it is important to get some weight off but they don’t have the time or resources to help.
This is where we come in, if you are a dad concerned about his son’s weight or a son concerned about his dad’s weight we can help you. We will support you to lose weigh separately or together and more importantly help you to keep the weight off long term.