Weight Loss Tips: 6 Things Men Can Learn From Women

November 19, 2012

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men and weightWhen it comes to dropping pounds, women are more likely to be bombarded with weight loss advice. Men can use some tips too, maybe even learn a thing or two from the ladies. For example:

Take Group Fitness Classes: Women are more likely to participate in group exercise classes, but men can benefit from the camaraderie too. Group exercise classes can give you the push you need to take your fitness to the next level. Plus, committing to a group keeps you accountable. If you don’t show up, the regulars will ask why you played hooky.

Bank Your Calories: If you know you will be going out to eat on the weekend, for example, you can reduce your daily intake by 100-200 calories (but not more or you could slow your metabolism) to “bank” them up during the week. This way, you have more wiggle room to splurge on special occasions without derailing your plan.

Start with Salad or Soup: Studies show that if you start your meals with broth-based soup or salad with low-calorie dressing, you’ll naturally cut your overall calorie intake during the rest of the meal without feeling deprived.

Workout in the Morning: Women, who usually have to redo hair and makeup after a workout, have learned to schedule their workouts first thing so they can skip the grooming redo. While men may not have to touch up their makeup, they can follow this lead and ensure their planned daily physical activity doesn’t get derailed by a busy schedule later.

Surround Yourself with Good Influences: Studies show that people who eat with friends who overeat are likely to follow suit. Make sticking to your goals easier by scheduling mealtime with those who will support your weight loss efforts. Plan other activities with friends who will encourage you to head out for a greasy burger and fries.

Pick a Target: Women often motivate themselves by picking an event as a target date to reach their goal, such as a holiday, special event, vacation, or other moment where they want to look their best or fit into a certain outfit. A target keeps your eye on the prize when you are tempted to lose sight of your long-term goals by a short-term craving.

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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