You’ve probably noticed that women have a more difficult time burning fat (and keeping it off) when compared to men. No, it’s not fair – but there are some tricks you can use to help level the playing field.
Here are three ways to make your journey easier:
#1: Weight Lifting Isn’t Just for Boys
Since men tend to have more muscle mass than women, they also burn more calories on average. Women tend to shy away from weights – often thinking it won’t provide the lean, slender physique they are after.
This presents a big problem for women, because this mentality is based on an entirely false premise. Unless you’re strictly following a bulking routine, lifting weights won’t make you bulk up with huge muscles like a guy.
Instead, hitting the dumbbells more often will help you preserve muscle mass, and add lean muscle that will raise your metabolism and help you lose more weight.
#2: Conquer Emotional Eating
Studies show that women are more prone to emotional eating. Brain regions that control hunger are more likely to show increased activity under stress in women, due to hormones and other unidentified factors.
Learning more about emotional eating can help you understand the real reasons you reach for salty or sweet snacks, and following a carefully structured diet can help you keep calories under control.
Deciding on a list of personally-approved healthy snacks ahead of time can help as well. We all have weak moments, and if it does come down to a stress-eating binge, it’s better to down a bunch of baby carrots or almonds than to eat a pint of ice cream.
#3: Follow a Diet Made for Women
Given that males and females are biologically quite different, it doesn’t make sense for both to follow the same diet. Structured systems designed to work with the unique needs of a woman’s body can help you stay on track to a slimmer you.
Even if you’ve been struggling with your weight for a while, it’s vital that you never give up hope.