"I liked your article in AdAge. I have friends who need to be exposed to your writings: these may be stressful times, but they have a purpose as a catalyst for change." -Brian
Read More Testimonials»

On the Diet and Fitness Blog

Work Your Body, Work Your Mind

It took me a long time to admit that I wasn’t successfully coping with my depression and anxiety on my own. It took even longer to come up with a plan to fight back against my own...

Read More About Work Your Body, Work Your Mind»

Our Losing Weight Experts

Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman

Physician, author and co-founder of Canyon Ranch Resort and...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer

Registered dietician and best-selling author

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dr. Arthur Agatston

Dr. Arthur Agatston

Author of The South Beach Diet

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our Diet and Fitness Experts»

News

The latest news on this change — carefully culled from the world wide web by our change agents. They do the surfing, so you don't have to!

Act Like a Guy and Lose Weight

Act Like a Guy and Lose Weight

Nothing is more irksome than a man who can go on a one-day diet and lose five pounds overnight. But what if women could apply the rules boys use to get in shape? Granted, the gals may never have the biological or psychological weight loss advantages men are so gosh-darn-lucky to have. But chicas everywhere can learn from their habits.

Here are three tactics the guys typically apply to lose extra poundage. Don’t fret—none of them involve grunting of any sort.

* He doesn't crave Twinkies. We all have cravings, but in a situation where a woman might turn to a pan or brownies, doctors say men will instead chew on some meat or a snack high in protein. Next time you have the blues, munch on some low-fat string cheese or fat-free cottage cheese mixed with fruit.

* He doesn't get into an internal fight when he messes up.
Women are tough on themselves when they eat something that is not-so-good for their waistline. Men? They shrug it off and get back on track. The best way is to apply the 80% rule and aim high, but not too high. “Most guys avoid anything that even smacks of perfectionism,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

* He chooses weights that push his limits.
By now, most women have caught on to the notion that strength training is a necessary part of weight loss and maintenance. But are you taking the easy route? A rule of thumb: If you're doing two sets of 12 or 15 reps, your weights are probably too light, says Lou Schuler, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and author of The New Rules of Lifting. Try a higher weight that allows you to squeeze out eight to 10 reps instead. [Prevention]

Posted: 6/4/08