Weight-Loss Wars: Men vs. Women
Are the sexes really different when it comes to losing weight
Let's Get Physical continued...
Not only will strength training build muscle mass and help you burn more
calories, but it will also strengthens your bones, preventing osteoporosis -- a
disease primarily of women. (And, of course, it gives you a more shapely
There is at least one area where women have the edge, weight-wise. When men
deposit fat, it most often goes to their middles, while women's excess weight
tends to settle below the belt and in the middle. And it turns out that the
"pear-shaped" body has a health advantage over the "apple":
Those who carry extra fat mostly around their middles are at higher risk of
developing heart disease than those who are bottom-heavy.
Who's Minding the Kitchen?
Many women come home from work and head straight to the kitchen to prepare
dinner. I'm often one of them -- and, as I imagine many men do, my husband
usually enjoys the newspaper until he is called for dinner.
Even in this day and age, women are primarily responsible for family meals.
Planning menus, grocery shopping, and preparing meals is a lot of work, not to
mention the extra temptation to nibble, taste, and eat more calories.
Try to equalize the workload and minimize the temptations by getting your
partner and/or the kids involved in preparing quick and healthy meals. They
will all benefit, and so will you!
Attitude Is Everything
Keep It in Perspective
In my experience, I've noticed that many men just see the numbers on the
scale creeping upward and make a decision to correct it. Plain and simple, they
decide to increase their activity and decrease their food intake.
But I've seen some women beat themselves up over a few extra pounds, even
though this does little more than destroy their self-worth. Berating yourself
will not help motivate you to control your weight and improve your health. So
the next time those negative thoughts creep into your head, recognize them for
what they are and replace them with positive ones.
Both men and women sometimes get blue over disappointments, not only in
weight control but other areas of their lives. Whenever you are feeling
discouraged, visit our online community of members, moderators and
professionals, and let us help support you through the rough spots. We are
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