5 Weight Loss Tips for Women

September 20, 2012

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womanDid you know that men and women lose weight differently? Here are my best weight loss tips for women:

Understand Your Physiology: Not so long ago, if you were a woman of childbearing age chances are you would either be pregnant or be nursing a new baby much of your adult life. That’s why women’s bodies store fat more easily. While there’s nothing you can do to change that programming, you can be careful about your calorie intake and avoid those excess fat stores.

Work With Your Hormones: Once a woman passes her childbearing years, hormonal shifts during and after menopause can also lead to weight gain. Other hormonal imbalances, such as those caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, can also cause weight issues. Working with a medical professional trained in weight loss that understands the complex role hormones play can help.

Get and Stay in Motion: While calories are a big part of the weight loss picture, a regular exercise routine that gets your heart pumping and builds muscle is also important for losing weight and keeping it off. Getting in the exercise habit will help you burn stored fat, increase your metabolism, and also make keeping weight off easier long term.

Think Your Way Thin: Let’s face it, if all it took to lose weight was the desire to do so, every woman would be at her ideal weight. But you can tap into the power of your mind to aid your weight loss goals. Behavioral counseling, journaling, and positive self-talk can make losing weight easier and more effective.

Be Persistent: Because of their natural tendency to store excess fat, women need to make eating well and staying active part of an ongoing, lifelong effort. The only way to stop the yoyo diet cycle is to stop thinking about being “on” or “off” a diet. It is much better to start thinking of weight management as part of your everyday lifestyle. Sure, you can splurge now and then, but most of the time you’ll need to stay the course in order to get to and stay at your goal weight. Persistence, not perfection, is the key to success.

In short, I have seen many women who have struggled with their weight for years finally lose the extra weight and keep it off with help from a balanced, medically supervised weight loss approach. You too can be a success story!

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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