Team Spirit May Help Men Lose Weight

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds (5 kg) and had a good time doing it, according to a new study from Scotland.

The 12-week Football Fans in Training (FFIT) program, run by coaching staffs from 13 Scottish Professional Football League teams, combined advice on healthy diet with physical activity and team regalia.

Researchers say it’s a successful model for helping men improve their health that could be adapted for fans of other sports.

“We thought there was an urgent need to develop weight management programs that were designed specifically for men in settings in which they would feel comfortable,” Sally Wyke told Reuters Health.

A member of the study team, Wyke is deputy director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow.

She said the program was not a diet; instead, it was geared toward providing tips for making long-term lifestyle changes.

“The guys were given really clear simple information, made simple changes to what they ate and also started out with a simple walking program that used a pedometer to help them keep track of how many steps they were doing so they could increase it slowly,” Wyke said.

“They really liked the level of information they got – science but not rocket science,” she said.

Wyke said the men also loved the chance they got to gain an “insider’s” view of the club, and to be tackling their weight and improving their fitness with other men of similar ages, body shapes, starting levels of fitness and most of all a shared passion for soccer.

Obesity is a major health problem for both sexes, but men are much less likely than women to take part in weight management programs offered by commercial organizations or community health services, Wyke and her colleagues write in The Lancet.

To test a program designed around men’s interests and psychology, the researchers enrolled 747 male soccer fans, ranging in age from 35 to 65 years. All the men had a body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight relative to height, that put them in the overweight or obese categories.

Half of the men were randomly assigned to the FFIT program while the other half were put on a waiting list and served as a comparison group. Men in both groups were given British Heart Foundation booklets on weight management.

About 89 percent of the men in the FFIT intervention group completed the program. On average, they lost more than 12 pounds after 12 weeks and kept it off for the full 12 months of follow-up. The men in the comparison group lost a pound or two, on average.

“The men felt a strong sense of team spirit right from the beginning – they were given club T-shirts and program materials that were labeled with club insignia,” Wyke said.

Participants said they enjoyed the straightforward way the coaches ran the program and there was a lot of banter, which sometimes helped the men feel more comfortable so they could discuss some sensitive subjects, according to Wyke.

“They managed to make dietary changes that were compatible with what they liked to eat and drink, and didn’t completely cut out some less healthy choices. One man said it was like a night at the pub without the alcohol’,” she added.

Wyke said the main messages of the FFIT program that helped the men keep weight off over the 12-month follow-up included self-monitoring of weight and exercise, healthy eating and portion control.

In a number of clubs, the men continued to meet up to exercise together after the formal program ended and they found this ongoing support really helped keep their motivation going, Wyke said.

“And it was a chance to keep the banter going too,” she added.

“Professional sporting organizations provide convenient access to many overweight men, and the findings from the FFIT study could encourage researchers and health professionals to use this strategy in other sports (eg, rugby union, American football, and basketball) to combat the global obesity epidemic,” David Lubans wrote in a commentary published with the study.

Lubans, a researcher at the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle in Australia, was not involved in the study.

“Getting men into weight loss/health promotion interventions is very challenging,” Lubans told Reuters Health in an email.

Lubans said that most weight loss programs aren’t targeted to men, aren’t fun and make weight loss complicated and confusing.

He added that most programs don’t encourage men to develop behavioral skills such as goal setting and self-monitoring.

It’s also possible that men may be embarrassed to discuss weight loss challenges in front of women – they may be more comfortable in a male-only environment, he said.

“Similar weight loss has been achieved with men in less intensive programs, but the added benefits of connecting men with others in their community may be considerable,” he said.

“Obviously, this approach would not be attractive for all males, but football is enjoyed by men (and women) around the world, thus this approach has considerable potential reach,” Lubans said.

Wyke said the Football Fans in Training program was cost effective in the UK and she thinks it is likely to be in other countries as well.

However, she points out, soccer has a special place in Scottish society and it would be important for researchers in other countries to be sure that it was right for their particular setting and the approach could be well adapted to their specific cultures.

SOURCE: bit.ly/1fhG5lO[1] and bit.ly/1lpGt9s[2] The Lancet, online January 21, 2014.


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    • February 11, 2014

    What Are Some Good Weight Loss Tips? I know eating right and exercise which i try my best to do both but is there anything else I can do? I am not like overweight but i just want to have a better body.

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      Weight Loss Tips
      –Drink more water–
      –Increase your protein intake–
      –Eat Negative calorie food —
      –Eat slowly–
      –Cut down the sugar intake—
      –Do not skip meals–
      –Eat breakfast everyday —
      –Eat smaller, more frequent meals–
      –Exercise(Aerobics and Strength Training)
      –Interval Training – great way to boost metabolism–
      –Replace white rice, bread, and pasta with brown rice and whole-grain products–

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    QUICK TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS? Anyone have any quick tips for quick weightloss? any foods i can eat/ drinkk??

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      Weight loss tip 1: Decide how much weight you need to lose – Most people start their weight loss journey by claiming to be xyz kilos overweight. This isn’t a healthy way to project or aim for weight loss. Calculate your desired weight against your height by using reliable methods like the BMI, and set a healthy weight loss target. This is often half the battle won.

      Weight loss tip 2: Time management – This is quite often overlooked. Decide which part of your day will be dedicated to exercise, when in the week you will stock up on groceries, and when you will do the cooking – all within your current work and home life routine. If you don’t do this now, your days will be rushed and unplanned, and you won’t be able to sustain your weight loss efforts.

      Weight loss tip 3: Stock your kitchen – Keep your house well-stocked with fruits, vegetables, healthy meats, grains, cereals, spices, and flavourers. Follow our tricks to healthy cooking, cooking vegetables for the week, and low-fat cooking posts to understand how best you can stock your kitchen with healthy and delicious ingredients. All of this will go into helping the next step – cooking healthy meals at home.

      Weight loss tip 4: Eat healthy homecooked meals – Whether it’s you who’s cooking, a family member, or house help, ensure that every one practises healthy cooking methods, and ingredients. Ask any person who’s lost weight the healthy way, and you will always hear about how healthy homecooked meals were a big reason behind it. Use less oil, low salt, fresh produce, and you’ll start seeing results in no time.

      Weight loss tip 5 : Start a cardio + weights workout – A healthy weight loss programme is incomplete without a good exercise routine, and weight training mixed with cardio is the best way to lose weight. Of course, variations and forms exist, but any workout that stresses on muscle tone and increased heart rate will always help you lose weight and keep it off. You can either start a home workout today, or rely on gyms for fitness training.

      Weight loss tip 6: Alter your snacking habits . Set those French fries aside, skip that aerated drink, and ban those unhealthy deep fried samosas. Explore the healthy snack world and you will find several appetisers, party snacks, movie snacks and meal accompaniments that’ll satisfy every craving of yours.

      Weight loss tip 7: Have at least one active hobby – It isn’t sufficient to rely on just 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Moving from bed to office chair, and back to bed, isn’t a healthy way to live. Buy a motion sensor gaming console that lets you enjoy social games with friends and family, plan weekend trips, clean your house once a week, dance, play sports, the list is endless. Get out of the coffee shop and dining table rut, and you’ll have fun along with the healthy weight loss

      Weight loss tip 9: Drink plenty of water – You’ve known that your body relies heavily on water for all important bodily functions, and yet you skimp on drinking adequate quantities of water every day. Well, it’s time to stop that. Check out some exciting ways to make water interesting and you’ll be packing it away in no time. Do not forget to carry a water bottle to your workout, and take a few sips after every 2-3 minutes of exercise.

      Weight loss tip 10: Plan healthy vacations – Why go all the way with healthy weight loss, when one tiny vacation will just come along and topple it all? Healthy vacations aren’t impossible. Take a look at how you can eat smart on a holiday, and then at bodyweight workouts that you can carry with you wherever you go, to understand how to holiday right. Above all, remember that these are lifelong habits that’ll help you stay fit forever and not short term weight loss quickfixes

      good luck.

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    Any Weight Loss Experiences Or Tips? I have lost 50lbs so far (after the birth of my daughter)and still would like to lose another 50. It seems that when I constantly think and obsess over the weight I gain, but if I dont I lose easier. I lost the first 50 by not sitting on my butt as much and not eating so much crap. Simple as that. Now I feel overwhelmed that I still need to lose so much more. I look better and get compliments, but still am big. Any experiences with weight loss would be great. It seems overwhelming at time, but I am tired of being fat I want to wear cute clothes again.
    I have a toddler and dont have time to go to the gym or go running. I am a stay at home mom.

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      Top weight loss tips

      Today there is too much information available on losing weight that has become more confusing and sometimes difficult to follow. It’s actually very easy to lose weight if you follow my weight loss tips.

      * Be in right frame of mind
      Before you can start any diet program you need to be in the right frame of mind. If you do not feel good about yourself you probably will not want to choose healthy foods. You cannot expect the act of going on a diet to make you feel better about yourself. The only way you can choose to eat a healthy diet to lose weight is if you have a positive self-image.

      * Eat whole food
      Top weight loss tips
      Eat whole foods that are as natural as possible. When you eat whole foods that are full of nutrients your body will know how much to eat and how much not to eat. You do not have to count calories because your body is a wonderful machine.

      * Eat fresh fruit
      Eat at least two servings of fresh fruit every day. Choose whatever type of fruit is in season.

      * Drink enough water
      Drink the best weight loss supplement known to man, water. Most people do not know the difference from being hungry for food or thirsty for water. A great deal of times people eat when they should drink. Most likely you will not feel as hungry if you are getting enough water. You will be satisfying the thirst, which is confused for hunger. Water also helps you digest food better. Drinking water before you eat will help fill you up.

      * Always chew your food
      Always chew your food well. Chewing your food well will ensure that you get the most nutrients out of your food. Getting the most nutrients will satisfy your body therefore you will eat less. Another benefit of chewing well is that it helps aid in digestion.

      * Take small meals
      Eat small, frequent meals in a day. Large meals tax your digestion system, making it work harder. Taking too much time in between meals makes you hungrier for the next meal.

      * Include protein at meal
      Include good sources of protein at meal, chicken, fish, legumes, peanut, cottage cheese, eggs or yogurt.

      * Shut off TV while eating
      Shut off the TV whenever you eat – that includes meals and snacks. Studies show that we automatically eat larger portions when we snack in front of the tube, and typically those foods are high in fat and sugar, which means excess calories!

      * Increase your physical activity
      Increase your physical activity. Most people are over weight because of a lack of physical activity. Start walking more, bicycling, walks your dog for longer periods of time, swim, dance and leave the car at home when you can. It’s important that you choose a physical activity that you enjoy because you’ll stick with it.

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    16, M, 185 Lbs, Relatively No Muscles (except For Legs). Weight Loss Tips? Let me give a bit more information. I take Grade 11 gym, which is every other school day for an hour and 15 minutes. Im pretty sure that I have hyper-hydrosis (I sweat a bit more than others do). I do hardly any exercise outside of school. I do a lot of eating after school (KD, chips, other foodstuffs). I want to lose weight to help prepare for a school production. Can anybody help me out? It would be greatly appreciated.

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      Healthy weight loss tips

      * Take one pound at a time
      Don’t get overwhelmed by how much weight you need to lose. Try to remember that “losing 15 pounds in two weeks” is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat.

      Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can each day without gaining weight.

      Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 3-4 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories.

      * Set Reachable Goals
      For instance, if you know you need to get more exercise, begin with a manageable goal of, say, walking 10 minutes a day that you know you can achieve. Then build your self-esteem by achieving the small goals you set yourself.

      The same logic applies for losing weight.

      * Stay off the scales
      Don’t get discouraged when your progress seems to be slow according to your bathroom scales. They do not provide a true measure of what is going on with the body.

      If exercise levels are adequate (5-7 days a week), you may be putting on muscle but losing fat, thus losing inches even if you are not losing pounds. It’s always a good idea to do several body measurements to have a second objective way to monitor progress.

      * Stay focused on being healthy, not thin
      # Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motive changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body’s health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body’s weight. The Food Pyramid offers a basic outline of the types and amounts of food you should eat each day to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

      * Fat Free?
      We’ve known for some time that limiting high fat foods in the diet can be helpful with weight loss. That’s because fats pack in 9 calories per gram compared to only 4 calories per gram from proteins or carbohydrates. To many, the message to limit fats implied an endorsement to eat unlimited amounts of fat-free products. Just to clarify, fat-free foods have calories too. In some cases fat-free foods have as many calories as their fat laden counterparts. If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Eating less fat will help you to lose weight. Eating less fat and replacing it with excessive amounts of fat-free products will not.

      * Drink plenty of water
      Drink eight glasses a day. Water is a natural appetite-suppressant. Nettle tea is a great weight-loss tea as it supports metabolism and has diuretic properties.

      * Reward yourself
      # Each time you reach a goal, such as losing 5 pounds, reward yourself with a gift or a massage.

      * Seek help if you need it
      # A big key in long term weight control comes from receiving encouragement and support from others. Find a friend to lose weight with or you can check to see if groups such as Weight Watchers, or eDiets offer programs and resources in your area by clicking the links. You may also wish to check with your local hospital to see if their registered dietician conducts group weight loss programs.

      * Watch your portions
      With the advent of “supersize” meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a “plate cleaner” even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

      * Eat your food slowly
      Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That’s because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy your food.

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    Does Anyone Have Any Good Weight Loss Tips? Or Good Diets To Try? I need to loose as much weight as poss before september 23rd to get into my wedding dress… anyone have tips? ive tried 3 diets and none of them work for me, slimming world, weight watchers and g.i diet!
    i have noooo willpower 🙁

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      Weight loss tips

      weight loss tips to help you lose weightNeed some help with your weight loss? Below are some great weight loss tips to help you that extra bit, these weight loss tips offers pointers for pratical, effective weight loss tactics. Tips include healthy eating advice, support, exercise, preparation of food and much more. Enjoy!

      Tip #1
      To make a delicious low fat mayonnaise simply combine one teaspoon Dijon mustard or one teaspoon satay sauce with low fat yoghurt.

      Tip #2
      Avoid skipping meals. Eating increases your matabolism, thus skipping meals can ‘trick’ your body into slowing down its metabolism in an attempt to conserve calories during a period it perceives as a situation where limited fuel is available.

      Tip #3
      Stuffing vegetables such as capsicum and zucchini with tasty fillings of mince chicken, meat or tuna are easy to do and very healthy and low fat.

      Tip #4
      Pita bread roll ups or wraps with salad fillings, are great for picnics, school lunches or to take to work.

      Tip #5
      Exerise, exercise, exercise! Exercise increases your metabolism and burning off excess fat. When is the best time to exercise? Our metabolism slows down about 8 hours after we wake up, so 30 minutes of exercise in the evening, before dinner will increase your metabolism for about two to three more hours just when it was starting to slow down. This produces a significant increase in fat burned off, even after the exercise is over.

      Tip #6
      Adding alfalfa or mung beans to your salad brings in extra iron.

      Tip #7
      Good cooking and healthy eating begins with learning about nutrition and how to prepare healthy recipes.

      Tip #8
      Plan the week’s family menus in advance and just purchase those ingredients at a once weekly shopping trip.

      Tip #9
      Be positive! The more you feel good about yourself the easier and faster it is to lose weight.

      Tip #10
      Learn how to make over family favourite recipes by cutting out fats, salt and sugar. Substitute non fat yoghurt for cream, stir fry minus oil and use herbs and spices instead of salt for flavour.

      Tip #11
      Please consult your doctor before beginning an exercise or weight loss program.

      Tip #12
      Eat slowly and chew each bite completely to decrease your appetite

      Tip #13
      Eat three small meals and two snacks daily instead of two or three huge meals.

      Tip #14
      It’s a myth that you need oil to stir fry! Use chicken stock instead and cut down on hidden fat.

      Tip #15
      There is more fat in a plate of toasted muesli than a plate of bacon and eggs! Purchase non-toasted muesli instead.

      Tip #16
      Avoid removing the skins of fruits and vegetables – most of the nutrients are concentrated just under the skin.

      Tip #17
      Hot water with a squeeze of lemon before breakfast get the metabolism going for the day, helps prevent constipation and is excellent for the skin.

      Tip #18
      The best source of vegetable protein is from soya beans or tofu. All legumes provide some protein, so include lentils, lima beans etc into casseroles and soups.

      Tip #19
      Find a weight loss “buddy,” club, or support group. This will help you stay with your weight loss program.

      Tip #20
      Though difficult, try not eating 3 hours or more before bed time.

      Tip #21
      I cut up a whole watermelon and leave it in the fridge to snack on over a few days. it is sweet, juicy, yummy and filling. it really has helped me because when i go to the fridge looking for something when i see the watermelon it stops me having something more calorie laden. having it handy so that it is just as easy to eat as a biscuit or whatever makes the world of difference. eating at night time is my downfall too. i cant just not eat at night so i allow for it in my daily eating. i have those 97%fat free rice crackers and/or fruit or air popped popcorn. for me i just cant not eat at night time. i find i dont sleep very well if i go from dinner time to breakfast without anything. although we do eat dinner very early (around 5.30) because we like to eat with the kids. i think it is best to know your weaknesses and try to work around them. also, i dont think it can be said too many times – drinking water makes all the difference.

      Tip #22
      Make pasta your fast food choice – you can prepare a pasta meal and salad in 10-12 minutes.

      Tip #23
      Chilli helps to speed up metabolism – even the milder varieties.

      Tip #24
      Omelettes can be made just using egg whites! A dramatic reduction in fat.

      Tip #25
      Limit salt in cooking. Other names for salt include baking soda, baking powder, MSG and soya sauce.

      Tip #26
      For low fat gravy, drop ice cubes into the baking tray. Fat will stick to the ice cubes and can then be removed.

      Tip #27
      Chew sugarless gum. It speeds up the digestive system, burning more calories, and sometimes kills a craving.

      Tip #28
      Drinking hot water as appose to cold water can increase the speed of your metabolism and burn more calories.

      Tip #29
      Make casseroles the day before use. Refrigerate and skim fat from the top before re heating.

      Tip #30
      Always eat before you go food shopping and always prepare a shopping list. Only purchase food which relates to your weekly menu plan and don’t be tempted to buy goodies.

      Weight loss Tips

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    Help…I Need Weight Loss Tips!? I am 25 an considerably overweight. I just found out that I am not very healthy and want to make changes to loose the weight naturally before considering any type of surgery. Please help!!!!
    Thank you all for your advise. I should have mentioned before that I work 84 hours a week as a nursing assistant. I find it very hard to come home and work out when I have been running around all night and have been on my feet for 12 hours. Any thoughts on how I can incorporate something into the limited time off that I have????

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      Here are a few tips;

      WHEN to eat for losing weight…

      • Eat (at least) three times a day.
      Because when you eat only once a day, your metabolism gets slower than it already is! That’s the main reason. Sounds funny, but to lose weight… you must eat (the right things, of course)
      • Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods such as salads and vegetable pastas.
      • Your last meal should be before 18:00. Try.
      OK, one apple after 18:00
      • Don’t starve
      Starvation is not good for losing weight, nor your health.
      Starvation is the worse thing you can do in a weight loss diet.
      • Try oatmeal instead of cornflakes for breakfast–eating oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol levels, and its high fiber content will keep you full longer.

      WHAT to drink for losing weight…

      • Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day !
      Can be tap, plain, mineral, sparkling. I just love mineral sparkling water!
      This improves your bowel, reduces the “hunger” sensation, and hydrates your skin. Your skin will look much better after the first weeks!
      Don’t believe the slogan “water makes me fat”. Beside being stupid… you might get into serious troubles with your kidneys.
      • Drink ONLY natural juices, freshly squeezed!
      Don’t drink Coca Cola, Pepsi, Spite etc. during the diet. Even lite or light versions.
      • Avoid those vending machines by carrying around your own healthful foods and leaving pocket change at home.

      Exercise for losing weight…

      • If you want quicker results – exercise would be good.
      • Don’t just sit in front of the TV and eat peanuts…
      I guarantee THIS won’t work for your weight loss…
      • Start a regular exercise program and stick with it. Don’t be afraid of those sweat suits and Lycra pants!
      • Start swimming. Swimming is an excellent exercise to get involved with, since it increases blood flow and uses muscles we don’t regularly use. Start a swimming program and try to do it 3 times a week. You will feel excellent and rejuvenated.
      • Clean your house! It is a great exercise idea if you work from home. Housework can burn off loads of calories. Start by vacuuming, polishing, dusting and cleaning glass/windows. Make your house sparkling clean while burning off excess weight.
      • Choose an exercise program that you enjoy, and don’t shun the unconventional. For instance, did you know that regular vigorous dancing is exercise too?
      • Also Cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, or aerobics will help you lose that unwanted belly fat. Weight training can also help you lose body fat because the more muscle mass you have, the more ability your system has to burn body fat.

      Good luck!

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