Home » Health » Weight Loss

Why Should Weight Loss For Men Be Any Different Than For Women?

Jan 29, 2008
It is quite common to find that women tend to follow weight loss programs and try out various fad diets while men tend to focus more on exercise as a way of losing weight. However, it is important for men to realize that a nutritious and well balanced diet will also help in reducing weight along with an effective exercise regime.

With the onset of middle age, paying attention to ones diet becomes very important for men. As one grows older their calorie needs tend to decrease by around 2 to 4 percent with every passing decade. For an average sized man who measures 5 ft 9 inches and weighs 170 pounds, the appropriate calorie intake is usually around 2500 calories per day when they are in their youth and this intake tends to reduce to around 2200-2350 calories as they grow older.

One reason why the calorie intake reduces as men grow older is because their muscle mass decreases. Higher calories are normally required in order to circulate blood to the muscles, maintain internal body temperature and repair the damaged cells among other functions. However as men grow older, their muscle mass decreases and hence requires fewer calories.

Another important reason is because of the lowering of the natural metabolic rate. This rate determines the base or natural rate at which the body burns calories for all its functions even when a person is asleep. On an average this rate accounts to burning around 70 calories per hour for most men. The hormonal and other natural changes that occur with age tend to reduce this natural metabolic rate.

As one grows older, there is glandular reduction that results in the biological process known as aging. For example with age, the thyroid and adrenal glands among others tend to become less effective in their functions.

It is for these reasons that men should be careful not to consume excessive calories in their middle age. The excess calories get stored in Adipose Tissue and result in body fat. For most this body fat is considered highly unappealing and even increases the risk of developing health problems.

When it comes to the topic of Body Mass Index (BMI) those with a BMI above 30 should be concerned about their weight because it borders on obesity. A BMI of 40 or a waist circumference over 40 inches is considered obese for an average male.

Men should be careful about what they eat as they grow older. Reducing ones daily calorie intake by just 50-100 calories a day for every decade past 29 will be beneficial in the long run and reduce the risk of developing body fat or growing obese.

Alternatively, one can also burn around 50 to 100 calories a day just by walking an extra mile daily. This will help to maintain optimal health and prevent weight gain.

Thus, the key to keeping fit and healthy is to stay active and reduce calories.
About the Author
Tired of reading outdated fitness and health articles on the web? Well, wait no longer, check out http://www.1-stop-fitness.com/ for up-to-date information on the healthy eating proper balanced diet plan and cheap vitamins.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 180
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources