If you’re a man who’s trying to lose weight and get fit, you’ve probably noticed that most of the books, magazines, and programmes on these subjects aren’t really aimed at you. Advice heavily favours women or is geared towards men with the bodybuilder mindset.

Everyday guys who just want to be in better shape are searching for fitness strategies and THE ROOM Abu Dhabi is filling the void. Helping men understand how many calories to eat and a healthy pace for weight loss, they’ve answer some frequently asked questions.

Is it normal that I’m losing weight faster than my wife? 
It’s true that many men can, and usually do, lose weight faster than women which can brew frustration in couples when the loss of one partner is easier than the other.

The fat that’s easiest to lose is stored in the upper body, particularly within the abdominal area. This is commonly known as a “pot belly” and it’s the area where men tend to store more fat. Women usually store fat in their hips and thighs, which is harder to slim.

The fat in this area is metabolically active, burning first. It’s important to reduce it because metabolically active fat is dangerous to your health. It’s associated with a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and many other health problems.

That large waist puts men at much higher risk of health problems than people who store weight in the lower body. Reducing your stomach so that it is no higher than your rib cage when you lay down is all that’s necessary to make a huge reduction in this risk.

The other things that help men to lose weight more easily that women, such as more muscle mass and more testosterone, can be used to their advantage when it comes to shedding that dangerous visceral fat, but only if you use those muscles by doing plenty of cardio exercise and strength training along with watching your diet.

Although there will be weeks where you lose more weight and weeks when you lose little to nothing, the ideal rate of weight loss for men is still between one-half and two pounds per week.

Is it true that men need to eat more than 1,200 calories each day to avoid “starvation mode?”
For many men, 1,200 calories per day is not enough. Because men typically have more muscle mass than women, men and women who weigh the same will have different metabolic rates and calorie requirements. On average, this difference usually works out to about 250-300 calories per day. While the advice is often given to women, men should consumer closer to 1,500 calories daily to maintaining a high metabolic rate. Eating less than 1,500 calories could actually sabotage your efforts.

At THE ROOM Abu Dhabi men can reach their weight loss goals and answer all of their questions along the journey. All instructors and personal trainers are certified in their discipline. They understand the different needs of each individual and apply it to benefit their weight loss.

Weight loss is directed through a personal training plan that incorporates your strengths, weaknesses, time allowance and energy level. A combination of group classes, exercise science, a caring team and a motivating atmosphere work together to help guide your activities.

To start your weight loss journey with THE ROOM Abu Dhabi call 056 331 0310 or email info@theroom.ae.