Men who have a low-calorie diet are likely to lose significantly more body weight than women, a new study has found.
The researchers, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, found that men had larger reductions in a metabolic syndrome score, a diabetes indicator, fat mass and heart rate.
Women, on the other hand, had larger reductions in HDL-cholesterol, hip circumference, lean body mass (or fat free mass), and pulse pressure than men.
For the study, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, the team involved 1504 women and 720 men.
Following the low-energy diet for eight weeks, weight loss was 16 per cent greater in men than in women (11.8 per cent and 10.3 per cent, respectively) but improvements in insulin resistance were similar.
“Despite adjusting for the differences in weight loss, it appears that men benefited more from the intervention than women,” said lead author Pia Christensen from the varsity.
“However, the eight-week low-energy diet in individuals with pre-diabetes did result in the initial 10 per cent weight loss needed to achieve major metabolic improvement in the first phase of a diabetes prevention programme,” Christensen added.
These findings are clinically important and suggest gender-specific changes after weight loss, the researchers noted. (IANS)
When it comes to beard maintenance, quite a number of men are not very conversant. Some will follow the wrong procedure, others will use a low-quality trimmer, while some will opt to visit a salon rather than doing it themselves.
These inconveniences are experienced despite the availability of online resources, which can guide you how to maintain a beard easily and safely. The following are some handy tips for maintaining a beard.
1. Learn How to Use a trimmer
Before you begin shaving your beard or mustache, you should first pick a beard trimmer and learn the art behind it. How is the trimmer held? Which one is perfect for you? How much pressure should you apply? Is it safe to use in very wet conditions?
These are some of the guiding questions that will assist you to choose the right. It is always a good thing to get familiar with how to operate beard trimmers
2. Wash the beard occasionally
It pays to regularly wash the beard as this helps to eliminate dirt, dust, germs, bacteria and other things. It also moisturizes the hairs and skin and improves the circulation for a healthy looking beard.
You should use good cleansers that are safe for the skin and don’t contain toxic compounds. The use of good beard balms or beard oils is also encouraged as it helps in styling the beard as well as locking in moisture for better protection.
3. Know your face
The shape of your face will influence how well you look after trimming or maintaining your beard. Yes, a certain style may look good on your friend who has an oval shape. However, it may not look so good on your round face. You should use a handy chart to identify the styles that will suit your face.
4. Use good beard oil
Trimming a beard may look easy. And due to this many people trim it without using oil. Sadly, they irritate the skin, get injuries, and may leave the skin a little dry. It is always advised to use a good oil to moisturize the beard. There are many types of beard oils on the market and it is important to pick a good one.
5. Work on the Mustache too
The beard and mustache go together. It’s critical to also maintain the mustache while working on the beard. Give it the same priority as you would to the beard and ensure you follow the best procedures.
Experts encourage people to apply moustache waxes since they offer protection to the hair follicles and skin. They also help to keep the hairs intact. You also should not forget about the hairs inside the nose.
There you have it. The key tips for optimizing and maintaining your beard. We have covered the most basic techniques that will suit any kind of beard. We also briefly touched on the essential products and accessories, which include beard trimmers, balms, oils, and waxes. By following the above tips, beard maintenance will no longer be a problem.