FOX ISLAND, Wash., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Washington physician Scott Taylor applied for life insurance, he didn't consider himself unhealthy. The insurance company, however, did: Taylor could not receive the preferred rate because his weight was "slightly heavier than expected" for his height. It was a wake-up call. Taylor rallied friends who also had weight to lose, and the Big Daddy Club (http://www.bigdaddyclub.com) was born.
The Big Daddy Club is the first online team weight-loss club for men. The club's team approach to weight loss is undeniably effective: Men who have been members of the Big Daddy Club for two years have lost an average of 25 pounds, or 13% of their total body weight, and kept it off. Taylor wants to help other men do the same.
"The data is sobering: 70% of U.S. men are overweight or obese," Taylor explained. "By and large, however, online weight-loss support is geared toward women, leaving men to struggle alone with weight loss. The Big Daddy Club gives men a winning combination of teamwork, competition and accountability to help them lose weight and enjoy a better quality of life."
Big Daddy Club members across the country check in weekly at BigDaddyClub.com to track their progress, post their weight, motivate team members, and compete against other Big Daddy Club teams. Members can follow any eating and exercise plans that work for them; BigDaddyClub.com offers reviews of popular diet plans, including Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, South Beach Diet, eDiets, Body-for-LIFE, Atkins and the Zone Diet. The site also features "Big Daddy Food Factors," eating strategies that have been used by successful Big Daddy Club members and can work with any eating plan.
To help with exercise, Big Daddy Club provides articles about walking, running and weight lifting programs; reviews of exercise equipment; and a calendar of upcoming events that "Big Daddies" are encouraged to use as fitness goals. The Big Daddy Club forums give men a place to ask questions, get support, and discuss their progress, and each team has its own blog where members post their weekly progress and encourage each other to success.
"Men often give themselves a 'pass,' rather than recognize the health risks of being overweight or obese and drop the pounds," said Taylor. "But the men of the Big Daddy Club want to be able to play with their kids and grandkids and set a good example regarding healthy eating and exercise. One solution to childhood obesity is to get the parents involved, and the Big Daddy Club gets dads moving and their kids, too. The "Big Daddies" are doing what many men would like to do: they are changing their lives, and their children's lives, for the better and for the thinner. Getting fit improves overall health, improves one's appearance and confidence, and sets a good example for everyone else."
SOURCE Big Daddy Club, Inc.