We’ve had a great response to the idea that we floated about MAN v FAT classes. It seems there’s a lot of you out there who don’t relish the idea of joining Weight Watchers, but still see the value that you could get from a weekly class. This is great as it fits in with what the Big Fat Survey told us as well.

As part of our ongoing research we wanted to put two different potential class scenarios to you and see which you’d prefer (or if you’d rather have something completely different).

Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are.

OPTION #1 – Less Talk, More Action

  • Weekly classes held at local gyms/workplaces/village halls.
  • Paid for. These classes would be paid for but you would be able to get referred via your GP and the NHS would pick up the tab. Cost between £5 and £10 per session.
  • Monthly weigh-ins and measurements.

Format:

New starters – these are done separately and new members are weighed, body fat and measurements taken. Given manual which takes them through the range of diets out there and various issues they might come across. Set their goals for the course, leader helps these to be realistic.

5 minute talk – the MAN v FAT leader goes through a very short talk which addresses one aspect of weight loss for men (e.g. secret eating, packaging information, increasing motivation) and any particular challenges (e.g. World Cup, Halloween, etc).

5 minute Q&A – answering any questions from members about their weight loss, or just general concerns (e.g. the Daily Mail this week said saturated fat was ok, etc)

50 minute exercise session –  exercise sessions banded so that it’s suitable for all abilities from absolute beginners to athletes.

Weekly Challenge Cards – different weekly challenges that push one particular aspect of weight loss or fitness.

OPTION #2 – All Talking, Not Much Action

  • Weekly classes held at workplaces or village halls/scout huts.
  • Paid for. These classes would be paid for but you would be able to get referred via your GP and the NHS would pick up the tab. Cost between £5 and £10 per week.
  • Weekly weigh-ins.

Format:

20 minute weigh-ins– everyone weighed – Q&A where people talk about how they’ve done, what’s been helping them, celebrate any goals that have been hit, etc.

20 minute presentation – These would be more of a course which would cover a curriculum of topics that are central to male weight loss (e.g. portion size, different diets out there, label issues, the role of different macronutrients, etc)

20 minute demonstration – cooking, exercise, breathing techniques, how to start with different sports, etc – a range of healthy living demos which help you to decide what you’d like to try.

Weekly Challenge Cards – different weekly challenges that push one particular aspect of weight loss or fitness.

Let us know which you’d rather have a go at, or if you’d something completely different. Anything else you’d like to add into the mix? What about cost – too much? Not enough? Would you be happy to get referred to a MVF class rather than Weight Watchers?