HELLO there! It's a B E A U T I F U L Monday!! How are you? I hope you had a fantastic weekend!! It's the beginning of another week, so whatever your life throws at you, take it on baby :D AND...of course, make sure to exercise and eat clean to keep you rolling right along! Get out that calendar and see what goal(s) you're planning to crush this week!! I've been up and busy since this morning, so now I just want to go outside and play in our fabulous evening weather...lol! I plan on doing it as soon as I'm done posting on here :D
Do you ever feel that men seem to lose weight easier than women? Or that perhaps weight loss doesn't always play fair?! Today's post will help you understand HIS vs. HER Weight Loss ;)
The following was written by: Paige Greenfield Fowler.
Photos arranged by: Myself.
You're not hallucinating; men lose weight a lot faster. One U.K. study found that after 2 months of dieting, men had shed 3 times as much fat and twice as many pounds as women had when following similar weight-loss programs. His advantage? Lean muscle. He's got more of it - even if he has the same body mass index (BMI) as you - which means he torches more calories, whether he's working out or just working the remote.
Females slowly catch up to males in the slim-down race but it takes more than just eating less to see progress. "Dieting causes you to lose both fat and muscle," says Caroline Apovian, M.D., director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center. And muscle helps you maintain a brisk metabolism, so you can eat normally without gaining. Strength train at least twice a week and up your protein intake to prevent muscle loss.
Men shrink their bellies. Both men and women whittle down their midsections first but since a guy tends to carry more fat there, it's easier to see when he shrinks a size. Aesthetics aside, that's a good thing, according to Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D., an obesity researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Public Health. In both men and women, a larger waist is associated with high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.
Ladies downsize more evenly. It'll take a while to notice, though. That's because you have more subcutaneous fat, which sits right below the skin and is tough to ditch. You carry that stubborn fat all over but especially on your hips, butt, and thighs. (Blame evolution - you're programmed to hold on to it for fertility.) Combining cardio with lifting weights - while cutting calories - helps. Women who did that lost twice as much fat from their lower bodies as those who did only cardio, researchers found.
Guys lose it solo. When men want to trim down, they're more likely to follow an exercise program on their own, according to research from Stanford University. One way he's ahead: He'll probably aim for an achievable target weight. Studies have found that men tend to set more realistic dieting goals than women do.
Women get with a group. We join weight loss programs about 6 times as often as men do. Good for us: Support groups can more than double your chances of success. In 1 study, people enrolled in a group program (most were women) were nearly 9 times more likely to drop 10% of their weight over 6 months than those who tackled it alone.
Did you learned anything new? I'm always learning...lol! That's 1 of the things I love about my job :D I believe ANYTHING is possible, so sweat with confidence and don't give up!! You got this!!!
Have a FITastic week! I'll be posting again on Thursday, so be sure to check back in!! See you then :)
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist