In the fight to beat flab men can be really gutless
MORE men are overweight than women on the Northern Rivers yet, like all Australian blokes, they are extremely reluctant to seek help to banish the bulge.
Southern Cross University associate professor Garry Egger is launching his new 'waist loss' course ? Professor Trim's Men's Weight Loss Program ? to help Northern Rivers men fight their flab.
As part of the program a series of free monthly 'Club Gutless' meetings will be held to give men tips on how to lose weight.
The first meeting is at the Goonellabah Medical Centre on Tuesday, September 13.
The Northern Rivers is the only rural region in Australia to host the program.
"In Australia, 66 per cent of men are overweight or obese, compared with 55 per cent of women," Prof Egger said.
"And the number of people overweight in rural regions is 10 per cent higher than in cities.
"It is much easier for men to lose weight than women. They store fat in different parts of the body.
"But it's a big problem for men to admit they have a problem. Men are funny creatures ? they don't want to be seen to fail."
Prof Egger said men's weight loss was directly linked to food consumed and the amount of activity undertaken.
"It's decreasing the volume of food and drink consumed, and increasing the volume of movement," he said. "It means changing the type of food and the type of movement.
"Manage stress ? many people eat or drink more when they are stressed.
"Stop drinking fruit juice. It's very high in calories, so eat lots of fruit. I say don't drink what you can eat.
"Cut out butter and margarine ? it's the biggest source of fat.
"Make sure you have breakfast and don't cut out caffeine. It has a positive effect because it elevates the body's metabolic rate."
'Club Gutless' is open to everyone, and partners are welcome. For more informa- tion call 1800 100 550.