Hey boys you lot don’t diet right? You do? Well apparently so according to my research. And what wonderful research that was – drooling……… sorry I meant reading through men’s magazines and talking to hunks at my gym in my quest to find out how you boys do it. Ok girls, we may hate to admit it but we actually could learn something from boys when it comes to watching our weight. Although men are far less likely to diet, when they do make the effort, they are more successful. According to research by Slimming World, nine out of 10 men on a diet managed to lose 5% of their body weight over 12 weeks while only half of women lost that amount in the same time. Painful still, men have the unfair physiological advantage when it comes to ditching the pounds that’s because they tend to be larger and have a higher proportion of muscle than women, so burn up more calories. But don’t let that put you off girls. As they say, if you can’t beat them join them. So here goes……..read, learn and then imitate.
Men get on with it
When guys decide to lose weight they view it as another task. They don’t start obsessing about the fact that they got fat in the first place, they just acknowledge that they have weight to shift, knuckle down and do it. And if they have one too many Stellas while watching footie they just enjoy it and move on.
Men don’t starve themselves
Rather than substituting healthy meals with scraps of lettuce leaves and then reaching for snacks 10 minutes later, men will enjoy three nutritious healthy meals so they don’t have to snack. Come on girls, how often have we been ‘good” and eaten a measly leafy salad at lunch only to find ourselves hunting for a snack to stop our stomachs from rumbling? It’s far better to eat a proper meal made up of a mixture of carbs, protein and vegetables than have a cupcake just minutes later.
Men satisfy their cravings
If they fancy a Yorkie bar (oh and for the record it’s not just for men!) they will have it. They don’t trawl through supermarket aisles looking for the lowest calorie chocolate bar that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Instead they have what they fancy, enjoy it and forget about it.
Men pump iron
Men are more likely than women to embrace exercise than women, especially when it comes to lifting weight. And that really is a habit us women can get into because this type of resistance exercise increases muscle mass and the more muscle you will have the more calories you will burn, all day, every day, even when you’re asleep. (see blog post on Cardio v Strength Training.)
Men don’t abandon food
Men’s approach to nutrition is uncomplicated and linked to pleasure. Women are restrained eaters and deprive themselves of forbidden foods until they give in to their temptations and binge. So girls as long as you factor treats in your daily allowance, you won’t end up feeling guilty and splurging.
Men are not that bothered about media images
Although men would like a six-pack, they don’t get too hung up about the odd lump or bump here and there. They’re far more likely to exercise to keep trim and to only diet for health reasons. So our priority should be to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss should follow naturally with this approach.
Men crave protein rich foods
Men’s comfort foods include protein-rich foods like steak whereas women prefer high calorie snack foods be it crisps, cake or chocolate. Men fair better because protein helps fill up far better than sugar and fat. And feeling fuller for longer curbs overeating.
I know I have learned a lot from men’s approach to health and fitness and I hope you can too girls! I certainly had fun with the research and will be blogging about tips for both sexes in future posts.