This is the first of three podcasts on men, their health (both mental and physical), and other weight-related issues.
Robbie O'Neill joins Aisling Connolly. Robbie has had a long and extensive career in weight loss and weight management with motivation. After consulting and running clinics, Robbie now heads the training department here at Motivation and brings a wealth of experience to the podcast table.
In this podcast, Aisling and Robbie examine how men generally deal with weight loss and what changes men can make to their lifestyle. These changes will have a significant impact on their lives.
Male clients are more likely to come in when they have a significant amount of weight to lose than female clients because we're more likely to see them earlier in the weight loss cycle.
Men tend to be goal-oriented and focus heavily on the scales at the beginning – to check how much weight they lost that week. Instead, we will focus on the benefits of losing weight.
A great example of Robbie is the avid golfer who reports that he is now hitting the ball further than it has been in a long time (after taking it off). **
This is an example of the little things they (men) want to get back. Instead of the big things – that number on the scale – the little things matter. I can go for a walk with my family on a Sunday. I sat in the car and waited for them to come back. I didn't want them to see how hard I was struggling.
One of the most frequently asked questions is what is the best exercise for losing weight and our answer is always something you enjoy.
Do men feel pressured to look a certain way?
You are watching TV, the athlete you value, and you want to be like them. You don't say it, but you work towards it. For some men, they want to look a certain way so they put it all in until you can't anymore.
This is what we call perfectionism, and what is interesting is that if you are telling the customer that they have strong traits of perfectionism, they are definitely not aware of it.
Then explain that it is all or nothing.
I either do it or I don't.
I will be like this or I won't be like this.
Perfectionism has a huge impact on their weight loss and life in general. The key is to change a little and be the best we can be.
How important speaking is for our health.
In social situations, it seems more acceptable for men not to speak. Men tend to sit back and let things happen and not talk about them as much. In the above social situations, men do not tend to look around and think out loud, "I want to be like him," while women feel like they are being judged in social situations that they must look a certain way.
As a result, it seems a little easier for men so that they can go a little further (gain weight).
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** Check out our Assist Pillar pdf – The Golf Report: Swing into Health and Lower Your Golf Handicap. Click here to get your FREE copy.