One of the big questions when men come to us is their concern about not wanting to lose muscle tissue.
Generally, when men come to us, they have tried everything else. They tend to try the gym and they will work out a lot. They go out of their way, but because the gym is unsustainable for many men (there is a tendency to get tired), they are more likely to revert to what was before – weight is regained and the muscle definition gained is lost.
When men present themselves on their first visit to our clinics, we find that they have experienced weight loss / weight gain and muscle gain / loss so they are more than concerned that this cycle will not recur.
To avoid this, we monitor our clients (men and women) to make sure they are not losing muscle. We do a breakdown of body mass – we look at fat, muscle and water and by doing this every 4 weeks we make sure that instead of just losing weight, they are losing the weight healthily.
You will find that people lose weight unhealthily – they lose muscle mass and look gaunt. They don't understand the importance of consuming protein in order to maintain muscle mass.
Male clients have reported suing for trying diets in the past that didn't have enough protein to protect muscle tissue and ended up having this gaunt look. One customer noticed people asking him if he was sick because he looked so gaunt.
Muscle loss is not good – it's called sarcopenia – you can read more about it here on our blog What is sarcopenia and how do I avoid it?
Did you know that men have more muscle mass than women, so their protein intake is completely different from that of women?
Many male clients have been told by a doctor that they need to lose weight. This is often the catalyst for change.
One client Robbie treated was referred by his doctor and had heart problems, high blood pressure and type 2. After losing weight with motivation, he was able to stop taking medication for his heart and blood pressure and was no longer treated with type 2 life changed.
The podcast also deals with ketosis. On a ketogenic diet, your body doesn't get the glucose and sugar or carbohydrates that you get on many diet plans. The next source of energy is muscle tissue, but in our healthy eating plans, protein protects muscles, so it is important to include protein in all of our healthy eating plans.
It is important to reassure male listeners – you will not lose any muscle tissue in our program. If anything, you'll look fitter and healthier.
Click below to listen to the podcast Men, Weight Loss, and the Importance of Ingesting Protein.