From there on, men often like problem-solving approaches. “I think acknowledging that there is an emotional struggleor problem or issue comes first, and thenconsider the options,” says Trew.
Options can include talk therapy andmedication.
Healthy eating for healthy living
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how men and
Men’s weight gain differs from women’s.
Most men tend to gain weight in themidsection, commonly known as“belly fat,” whereas women usuallygain weight in the thighs and buttocks,Lau says.
The gender difference in weightgain is due mainly to female hormones.
This in part explains why women intheir post-menopausal years tend togain weight in the midsection, notunlike men, he adds.
For longer than he can remember, it hasbeen there for him: a cigarette.
When the nicotine molecule latchesonto the nicotine receptors in his brain,they begin to vibrate. That stimulatesthe receptors for the feel-good hormones,dopamine and serotonin. So for a while,as the cigarette burns, life seems good.
But it quickly turns to ashes. Tobaccouse is the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death inCanada, and cigarette smoking causesabout 30 per cent of cancers in Canada.
Men continue to have higher rates ofsmoking than women because historically,they start early and have been smokingmuch longer, says Barb Borkent, aprogram specialist in tobacco for TheLung Association, Alberta and NWT.
It’s still more socially acceptable formen to smoke than women.
Many men smoke to forge a strongself-image but don’t recognize cigarettescan be deadly, smoking guns.
“If you can understand his triggers,
you can understand how you might be
able to help him when he is ready to stop
smoking,” she says. “It is good
to be there and be supportive, and find
alternatives. If he’s doing an activity
where he can’t smoke, encourage him.”
For some guys, alcohol is a trigger to
smoke a cigarette, or even just getting
together with his friends, she says. Some
like a smoke with their cup of coffee
in the car or taking a break at work. A
stressful event can cause him to light up.
For information on quitting tobacco,see “Breaking Free” on page 31.
The first step in men’s weight loss isto learn the amount of food to eat, asoutlined in Eating Well with Canada’s FoodGuide. Prepare heart-healthy foods lowerin saturated fats, cholesterol and salt.
Have a physical activity that fits withyour lifestyle and you can enjoy soloor with friends and family. That wayyou will be more likely to do it.