It’s around this time of the year that many restart their fitness regime (again) and call on support through husband, wives, partners to keep them company while they sweat it out or clean up their eating.
While this is all good to begin, it can quickly lead to disgruntlement as there’s a realisation that women have to work harder to get the same results as men. Enter the male vs female weight loss equation.
3. Guys have a larger lung capacity which helps them to go harder, longer in certain conditions such as high altitude or harsh temperatures
Sounds unfair huh?…Well yeh, it kinda is but in saying that I am putting it out there that I think women are able to deal with the stresses, of training consistently harder than men just because we are genetically programmed to do so. We are naturally more flexible and subtle which allows us to back up for another workout without too much trouble.
So if you’re a female, what can you learn from this?
The first thing is to get yourself on a lifting and resistance routine. This will help not only define and sculpt but increase lean muscle mass to boost resting metabolic rate. Muscle tissue burns more calories and having relatively more muscle creates a greater need for energy (which leads to an increased need for calories or using the deficit to your advantage).
Next is to begin understanding your emotional eating habits and how you can break free of destructive patterns.
Lessen the cardio and incorporate more intensity. Funny things happen to women’s bodies when too much cardio is performed. Cortisol levels rise and adrenal glands kick in, turning on the ‘store fat’ switch. Short bursts of exercise has been proven to be the most effective way of burning body fat.