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15 Weight Loss Tips for Women
15 Weight Loss Tips for Women

Losing Weight is Hard For Anyone

Finding the right diet, exercise routine, and sorting through all the health information is never easy. With all the overload of statistics, regimens, and information on weight loss and diet plans, many well-meaning people fail to consider a huge issue when they begin their fitness journey.

Men and women gain, store, and lose weight differently. The truth is women’s health and weight loss for women looks very different from their male counterparts. Men and women’s bodies, where they store fat, and even the health complications associated with obesity differ between the two sexes. So, your weight loss program should take this into account. Knowing the differences can help women create effective weight loss programs and get sustainable results.

How Are Men and women's Bodies Different?

The key to obtaining a healthy weight is first addressing the biological differences that impact weight loss for women. Women have on average 6 to 11% more body fat than men. This body fat is stored all over the body in areas like the stomach, thighs, and butt, whereas men generally hold their weight in their abdominal area. We can attribute these two different types of fat storage to hormones, specifically testosterone and estrogen.

This biological difference explains why men appear to melt extra weight off with ease. Their fat is almost entirely concentrated in one area, making their weight loss more noticeable. Women, on the other hand, have evenly dispersed fat and far more estrogen than men; and more estrogen means more fat storage.

Obesity and Women's Health

It’s important to note that more fat doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. It’s natural for women to have more body fat than men and in some ways it’s healthier. Since women carry their weight all over their bodies, they are at less risk for developing weight related heart problems. The pear shape means that women hold their weight in areas that are the least harmful to their health like their thighs. In contrast, men who have the typical ‘apple shape’ are more at risk for developing cardiovascular problems because excess abdominal fat triggers negative metabolic changes.  Still, no matter where you hold your fat or your gender, if you have a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30, your health is at risk.

Obesity is linked to numerous diseases, from diabetes and high blood pressure, to heart disease and sleep apnea. Women who are obese are even at risk for developing breast cancer, endometrium or cancer of the lining of the uterus, and osteoarthritis. The best way to combat these negative health outcomes is by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Losing weight can help prevent these diseases form occurring and improve your overall health and wellness. However, just as men and women differ in how they store fat, they also differ in how they lose it.

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Weight Loss Programs and Diets For Women

There is a common belief that men lose weight easier, and in some cases it’s true. Men noticeably lose weight from their midsection and have more testosterone which can aid them in dropping those initial extra pounds more easily. However, this advantage is very brief. In the long-term women can lose just as much, if not more weight than men. The key is choosing sustainability over quick fixes. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. The changes you make should be practical and sustainable. Women should focus on incorporating more lean proteins like chicken, whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa, fruits, and vegetables into their diet. Eating healthier foods in moderation is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. Exercise is also very important.

Keep in mind that men have more testosterone, which means they have more muscle. This allows them to burn fat even when sedentary. While this may seem like a disadvantage to women, it’s not. A great way to get fit and burn calories outside of the gym is by incorporating weights into your exercise regimen. Start by doing strength training at least twice a week to build muscle, and burn fat, even when you are not exercising.

Pick a Program Targeted To Women

Before starting your fitness journey, make sure you choose a weight loss plan for women. Look for something that aligns with your goals and that focuses on women’s health. Programs that incorporate eating whole foods, exercise, and promote mental health are a great start. Most importantly, know that the road to healthy living is a continuous journey. It is personal and may need adjustment. However, the key is to never stop.

15 Weight Loss Tips for Women

1. Stop Crash Dieting

You’ve probably heard it before – quick diets don’t work. Most diets are too strict to be sustainable, promote unhealthy eating habits, only work for short periods of time, or cause your weight to fluctuate. Overall, crash diets are not the most effective way to lose weight. On the other hand, lifestyle changes are far more effective. Instead of following the next trendy diet, try choosing healthier versions of your favorite foods or finding healthy foods that you love. For example, replace refined carbs with whole grains, candy with fruit, and fried chips with healthier alternatives.

2. Manage Your Sugar Intake

Sugar – most people know to avoid it, but with the prevalence of processed foods it can be hard to really know if you’re limiting your sugar intake. As a general rule of thumb, stick to whole foods. This means food that is closest to its natural state. This will limit the amount of sugar and refined carbs you consume. Instead, opt for natural sweeteners when you can, and choose whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa.

3. Get More Rest

Although it may not seem like it, getting enough sleep is a very important part of weight loss. According to several studies, getting enough sleep may be just as important as diet and exercise. Aim for 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night to allow your body enough time to recover properly.

4. Walk off the Weight

Don’t underestimate the power of walking. According to the American Heart Association, taking a brisk walk a few times a week can drastically improve your health, mental well-being, and can aid in weight loss. The best part is that it’s relatively easy to incorporate walking into your daily routine, even for the busiest person. Try walking in the morning and evenings or parking farther away from your destination. These little changes may seem insignificant, but it will contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

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5. Stay Hydrated

Water is crucial for almost every process in your body, which is why it is important that you stay hydrated.  Remember, staying hydrated doesn’t mean you have to constantly carry a water bottle around with you at all times. Try eating your water, or eating foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables. Not only will this give your body important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, but it will also contribute to your daily water intake.

6. Embrace Resistance Training

No matter your gender or age, strength/resistance training is an important element of any fitness routine. Resistance training is versatile, easy to incorporate into a workout, and is great for your body. It is one of the best ways to gain muscle, burn calories, boost your metabolism, and build your endurance all at the same time. Experiment with body weight exercises such as lunges, squats, and push-ups or adding resistance bands and weights to your exercise routine.

7. Journal Your Journey

Keeping a fitness journal might be more useful than you think. Journaling can help you keep track of your fitness goals, progress, and even what you eat on a daily basis. This can be an effective way to keep track of your fitness journey, examine your eating habits, hold yourself accountable, and help you make lifestyle changes.

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8. Manage Your Stress

Science has spoken – stress can lead to weight gain. Chronic stress can lead to increased cortisol levels, unhealthy eating habits, damaging coping mechanisms, and can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Therefore, finding healthy ways to manage your stress is crucial. Your mind and body will thank you, and you’ll reduce your risk of weight-related disease.

9. Get Moving

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. You don’t have to be fit enough to run a marathon, but it is important to stay active. Try to find an exercise that you love and can do consistently, whether it be yoga, running, swimming, biking, or even just walking. The key is to find something that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help build healthy habits.

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10. Experiment with Your Meals

Most people recognize that your health begins with what you eat, but very few people consider how they eat. Everything from the size of your plate, your environment, and even when you have your meals can have an impact on your body. That’s why you should experiment with your meals to discover how the way you eat affects your body and your health. Try intermittent fasting, eating in silence, or eating smaller and more frequent meals. Pay attention to how your body reacts when you eat differently, and use this information to build better eating habits. Doing so can propel you towards your fitness goals and help you look and feel better.

11. Discover What Works for You

You and your body are unique. The fitness advice that you read online, see on social media, and hear from your friends may be good. However, that doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Fitness is a personal thing and what works for one person may not work for everyone. Be patient with yourself and experiment with different meal plans, exercise routines, and weight loss techniques. Find the things that fit into your lifestyle to form new, healthy habits.

12. Prepare

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” If you want to make healthy changes that will last, you have to prepare. Prepare by setting measurable and realistic goals, having a checkup with your doctor, and getting rid of all the junk lingering in the back of your pantry.

13. Start Small

Fitness is a lifestyle, and building a healthy lifestyle takes time, so be patient with yourself. Many people try to make too many lifestyle changes too quickly. While enthusiasm is definitely important, don’t take on more than you can handle. Making too many changes at once is more likely to hurt than help, and it can ruin your weight loss journey before you even begin. Small and simple changes, such as taking the stairs more often, cutting back on sugar and carbs, or committing to a new exercise routine, are powerful and effective.

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14. Get Full the Right Way

Want to avoid needless snacking and cravings? Get full on protein and fiber. Protein and fiber rich foods are a sure way to stay on track with your diet. Protein packed foods like eggs, dairy, chicken, legumes, beans and nuts and fiber rich foods such as leafy greens and whole grains are healthy, yet filling options. Together, fiber and protein can cut cravings, give your metabolism a boost, and provide you with the energy to take on the day.

15. Ditch the Junk

Snacking has a bad reputation for a reason. But before you ban snacks completely, try snacking smarter. Replace fried, salty, or processed snacks with whole foods, or with healthier versions of those snacks, such as replacing potato chips with vegetable-based chips. This change, while simple, may be enough to jump start your weight loss journey.

Losing Weight is Hard For Anyone

Finding the right diet, exercise routine, and sorting through all the health information is never easy. With all the overload of statistics, regimens, and information on weight loss and diet plans, many well-meaning people fail to consider a huge issue when they begin their fitness journey.

Men and women gain, store, and lose weight differently. The truth is women’s health and weight loss for women looks very different from their male counterparts. Men and women’s bodies, where they store fat, and even the health complications associated with obesity differ between

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