It is no secret that men and women tend to gain and lose weight differently. Have you ever been frustrated by starting a diet and then your husband loses way more weight than you in that first week? Or are you frustrated that your wife can lose her belly fat faster than you?
The male and female body differs in many ways, and not just the obvious ones. Our brains are wired differently and our hormones are almost opposites. Even our skeletons differ. So it makes sense our bodies hold on to fat in different areas, too. The male body tends to accumulate fat cells in the mid-section, while the female body accumulates fat more often in the hip and thigh regions.
What can you do to lose this weight, then? If you are female, your body may respond better to more frequent low- to moderate-intensity exercises which get your heart rate in the fat burn zone. At this level of exercise (say, brisk walking for example), your body will access the fat reserves to burn as energy. The male body accesses fat reserves more quickly, so most any level of exercise will burn fat for them.
Men also tend to lose weight faster because of their naturally higher levels of muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the faster you will burn calories. Therefore, women especially will benefit from incorporating resistance training into their workout routines, as building up muscle will help your body burn more fat even while at rest. Make no mistake here, you do not need to bulk up to a bodybuilder level of muscle to achieve fat burning results, just increasing the level of muscle mass you currently have will make a difference.
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Resistance training tips
You can do resistance training in the comfort of your own home, even if you don’t own barbells or dumbbells. Using your bodyweight to do simple squats, lunges and calf raises will work your muscles just the same as those free weights or machines at a gym. You can work your upper body by doing a chest press against a wall, or on your knees using a chair to push away with your hands.
Elastic bands are also a great, inexpensive, and easy to manage way to do resistance training. These bands can be purchased at any sporting goods store or online. They come in different difficulty levels, so be sure to get the one that’s right for you. You can stand on the band and hold the handles in your hands to do bicep curls and shoulder raises, or criss-cross the band handles to work your inner and outer leg muscles by stepping side to side.
Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables, cancer fighters full of fiber and antioxidants. Fittingly, it’s also rich in vitamin K, which aids in blood clotting and cell growth. Kale’s textured leaves make it a tasty addition to any salad. You can bake it too, with a spritz of extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt for a quirky potato-chip alternative. It’s also a useful ingredient for a delicious vegetable-based soup.