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    How to lose weight like a guy!

    I noticed a lot of females on here saying they cannot lose weight like a man. I saw this article, and thought it was interesting, maybe even motivational?

    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/heal...-their-secrets

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    Cool article! Thanks for posting.

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    I think that, when it comes to weight loss in modern American culture, men (by nature and by nurture) seem to be able to do it much more with a sense of adventure and playfulness. Women are not allowed to play in our culture.

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    I think most (mainstream) women also have this CW idea of what a diet is supposed to look like:

    - You can't have fun with it. You're not eating "foods" you "love" therefore you're supposed to be miserable all the time.
    - You're supposed to count down the days until you're done.
    - You gotta weigh yourself everyday.
    - You can't lift weights because the scale will go up.
    - It's okay to have 100 calorie snacks, because they're only 100 calories.
    - If you run on the treadmill you "erase" that snack anyway.
    - Everything must be fat-free or low cal, especially salad dressing, but since it's fat free you can douse your salad in it. Skip the meat it's got fat in it!
    - Diet soda and juice is okay. Any diet drink is okay.
    - Hot yoga, because sweating means losing weight, everybody knows that. It also helps your flexibility.
    - You gotta let everybody know you're on a diet, so you can cheat with whoever puts the idea forth.

    etc etc etc ... I think that's how 8 out of 10 women think diets are supposed to be like. We NEED to get the word out on just training smarter, not like a man, and also educate our people, men and women, about food. It's one of the easiest lifestyle changes I've EVER made, maybe it was easier because I'm a male, but there's plenty of females in the Paleo/Primal world to vouch for how easy it's been for them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    I think most (mainstream) women also have this CW idea of what a diet is supposed to look like:

    - You can't have fun with it. You're not eating "foods" you "love" therefore you're supposed to be miserable all the time.
    - You're supposed to count down the days until you're done.
    - You gotta weigh yourself everyday.
    - You can't lift weights because the scale will go up.
    - It's okay to have 100 calorie snacks, because they're only 100 calories.
    - If you run on the treadmill you "erase" that snack anyway.
    - Everything must be fat-free or low cal, especially salad dressing, but since it's fat free you can douse your salad in it. Skip the meat it's got fat in it!
    - Diet soda and juice is okay. Any diet drink is okay.
    - Hot yoga, because sweating means losing weight, everybody knows that. It also helps your flexibility.
    - You gotta let everybody know you're on a diet, so you can cheat with whoever puts the idea forth.

    etc etc etc ... I think that's how 8 out of 10 women think diets are supposed to be like. We NEED to get the word out on just training smarter, not like a man, and also educate our people, men and women, about food. It's one of the easiest lifestyle changes I've EVER made, maybe it was easier because I'm a male, but there's plenty of females in the Paleo/Primal world to vouch for how easy it's been for them too.
    Very well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    I think most (mainstream) women also have this CW idea of what a diet is supposed to look like:

    - You can't have fun with it. You're not eating "foods" you "love" therefore you're supposed to be miserable all the time.
    - You're supposed to count down the days until you're done.
    - You gotta weigh yourself everyday.
    - You can't lift weights because the scale will go up.
    - It's okay to have 100 calorie snacks, because they're only 100 calories.
    - If you run on the treadmill you "erase" that snack anyway.
    - Everything must be fat-free or low cal, especially salad dressing, but since it's fat free you can douse your salad in it. Skip the meat it's got fat in it!
    - Diet soda and juice is okay. Any diet drink is okay.
    - Hot yoga, because sweating means losing weight, everybody knows that. It also helps your flexibility.
    - You gotta let everybody know you're on a diet, so you can cheat with whoever puts the idea forth.

    etc etc etc ... I think that's how 8 out of 10 women think diets are supposed to be like. We NEED to get the word out on just training smarter, not like a man, and also educate our people, men and women, about food. It's one of the easiest lifestyle changes I've EVER made, maybe it was easier because I'm a male, but there's plenty of females in the Paleo/Primal world to vouch for how easy it's been for them too.
    +1

    I think it also has to do with that the low-carb primal diet (for weight-loss 50 - 100 g a day) is more easily assimilated for a man in today's society. It is more typical "man-food". I'm not saying it should be. I'm talking about conventions and roles. What a women is "expected" to eat/not eat. Eating steak and eggs for breakfast instead of greek-yoghurt, cottage cheese etc comes more normal for men.
    Lifting heavy is probably easier for men to assimilate, also due to conventions. Men lift weight. Women run/do yoga.

    It the typical post here an MDA for women that need help with tuning the diet I believe the short answer is.
    Eat more bacon, and similar foods. LOTS more. Much more that you think.

    If I would say
    -"That is a very primal person. Eats a lot of red meat and fats with some raw vegetables. Lifts heavy stones and sprints fast"
    I think the majority would think I'd be talking about a man, not a woman. Unfortunately that is just how we are programed by society to think. Both men and women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jomp View Post
    +1

    I think it also has to do with that the low-carb primal diet (for weight-loss 50 - 100 g a day) is more easily assimilated for a man in today's society. It is more typical "man-food". I'm not saying it should be. I'm talking about conventions and roles. What a women is "expected" to eat/not eat. Eating steak and eggs for breakfast instead of greek-yoghurt, cottage cheese etc comes more normal for men.
    Lifting heavy is probably easier for men to assimilate, also due to conventions. Men lift weight. Women run/do yoga.

    It the typical post here an MDA for women that need help with tuning the diet I believe the short answer is.
    Eat more bacon, and similar foods. LOTS more. Much more that you think.

    If I would say
    -"That is a very primal person. Eats a lot of red meat and fats with some raw vegetables. Lifts heavy stones and sprints fast"
    I think the majority would think I'd be talking about a man, not a woman. Unfortunately that is just how we are programed by society to think. Both men and women.
    Totally, that needs to change too, the perception of what men and women are supposed to do, supposed to be like, supposed to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jomp View Post
    If I would say
    -"That is a very primal person. Eats a lot of red meat and fats with some raw vegetables. Lifts heavy stones and sprints fast"
    I think the majority would think I'd be talking about a man, not a woman. Unfortunately that is just how we are programed by society to think. Both men and women.
    yes indeedy, and it makes me barf. one only has to watch american TV for, like, 30 seconds and see the scads of commercials for Diet Food that are targeted towards women. freakin' 100 cal packs, special K breakfast bars, crystal light. ew ew ew ew ew. pass the damn steak, thanks.

    although, i wanna nitpick on something in that article:

    And don't be discouraged if the needle on the scale nudges up a smidgen at first: Remember, the muscle you're gaining weighs more than the fat you're losing
    muscle does not weigh more than fat. a pound of muscle equals a pound of fat. muscle is *denser* than fat.




    excellent article regardless. bookmarked for posterity.


    HANDS OFF MY BACON :: my primal journal

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    Quote Originally Posted by batty View Post
    pass the damn steak, thanks
    Mhohahahaha. Yes indead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by batty View Post
    muscle does not weigh more than fat. a pound of muscle equals a pound of fat. muscle is *denser* than fat.
    This is really nitpicky but it's a perfectly acceptable statement to say that (within the same volume) muscle weighs more than fat (because it's more dense).

    / after my wife started her martial arts training two years ago, she was incredibly dismayed because her weight went up...although she was clearly more fit and dropped waist sizes.

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