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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do the same principles apply for men and women when trying to shed excess kgs?

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    I'm tryng to shed about 8kgs. Do the same principles apply for men and women when trying to shed excess kgs?
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  • Matt Murfitt

    Personal Trainer

    Hi my name is Matt and I love health and fitness. I am a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia with many years experience in Australasia … View Profile

    Yes and no. Men need significantly more energy than women generally. There is a great formula known as the Harris Benedict Formula that gives calories to maintain, lose, and gain weight responsibly and sustainably according to ones weight, age, height and activity levels… Both men and women should do cardio and resistance training if they want to burn fat, instead of losing excess muscle in the process - afterall - who wants to look gaunt!

  • Darryl @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Thanks Matt - useful info.

  • Nicole Senior

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, consultant, author, speaker and food and health enthusiast. I love talking and writing about food and health.(please note, … View Profile

    Pretty much, but the psychological approach needed can be very different. Women tend to have a more complicated and emotionally fraught relationship to food whereas men tend to be more problem and solution oriented.Women generally are more involved with food purchase, planning and preparation as well whereas many men eat whatever they're given! Attitudes to food, weight and dieting also tend to be different: many women experience poor body image whereas many blokes are obese but think they look fine. I'm generalising of course and everyone is different but I do think the approach to weight loss in men needs to be a bit different and I've written a book called Belly Busting for Blokes that I hope hits the spot. You can get it here

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    Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    The same principles apply to men and women. Energy in versus energy out. Eat regularly but make better choices and reduce your portion sizes, and partake in regular exercise.

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