Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Healthy Eating for Aussie Men; 67 per Cent of Men Are at Risk of Several Chronic Diseases

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Healthy Eating for Aussie Men; 67 per Cent of Men Are at Risk of Several Chronic Diseases

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APPROXIMATELY 67% of Australian men are overweight or obese.

Being overweight is a risk factor for a number of chronic conditions.

Developing healthy eating habits, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight will assist in reducing the risk of heart disease, some cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

Men who care about health - and healthy eating - have a definite edge over those who do not. Healthy eating is an investment in yourself and pays off in many ways:

You'll have more energy;

You'll look better; and

You'll live longer.

So stop leaving all the nutrition stuff to the women in your life. And stop thinking that healthy eating is not for 'real men'.

Does this mean you should skip breakfast and swap your roast lamb for lentils? Not at all. It just means you can't so easily get away with the extras such as a can of cola or the wine and cheese before dinner.

Active, growing young men need decent serves of carbohydrate foods like bread, pasta, rice and cereals to give them the energy they need, but those serves need to shrink when you are less active.

Fuel up regularly

Your body is like an engine. It needs fuel when it's working. Breakfast is vital. It kick-starts your basal metabolic rate, gets you burning more kilojoules and fat, and boosts your brain power with a shot of glucose.

For stress-busting B vitamins and gut-busting fibre, try to eat some wholegrain cereal with low-fat milk, or grainy toast with avocado, cooked tomatoes or eggs.

If you want to improve your concentration, energy and productivity at work and make losing weight a lot easier, feed your body and brain some quality fuel at regular intervals during the day.

And don't forget the two litres of fluid. Engines don't last long without water. …

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