So you want to achieve that toned athletic look. Well, it's going to take fat loss to do so. But, when it comes to burning fat a.k.a losing fat, one of the common misconceptions is that it is easier for a man than it is for a woman.
In my experience with training clients, it is not easier for a man, it just happens that normally, men are more open and willing to do what it takes to burn fat, than women.
Let's take a look at some of the things men do, that women can learn from to burn fat faster and easier.
The fastest, and also most effective long term strategy to burn fat, and to maintain that fat loss is to build lean body tissue (muscle). The reason why men tend to have an easier time burning fat and keeping it off is simply because they are more willing to do the things required to build and maintain muscle.
Men are more willing to lift weights and use resistance training than women. They also seem to be more willing to consume the amount of protein that it takes to build and maintain muscle. Again, in my experience, women tend to shy away form using weight training because of the fear that they will get "big and bulky". Women also tend to have very low amounts of protein in their diets.
So, if you're ready to start burning fat like a man, then start training like most men. Use resistance training/weight training to your advantage. If you missed it, check out my post "An Overlooked Concept in Fat Loss".
When it comes to burning fat, a man also has another tendency that helps. When we get upset or emotional, we are more likely to deal with it with some sort of a calorie burning activity, while women tend to deal with being upset or emotional by eating high calorie, nutrition deficient food.
I found a really good video by Howcast that simplifies the difference between a man and a woman when it comes to a fat burning plan. By the way, the video uses the term "weight loss". Make sure to read my post "Fat Loss is What You Want" so that we can get away from using that toxic term "weight loss" and start using the more specific and healthy term "fat loss" or "fat burning".
We really need to get away from using the term "weight loss" so that we are focusing on what it really takes to achieve a toned, fit and athletic looking body, which is fat loss, and fat burning workouts!
Check out the Howcast video.
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