Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mars vs. Venus - The Weight Loss Wars

Men have it easy when it comes to weight loss.

Evolution has designed their bodies to resist fat accumulation, and to practically melt off the fat at a moment's notice. OK, so that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but compared to the fat lady who has to sing for her supper, men have it easy.

Women were not meant to lose weight. Not according to nature which has arranged things so that fat accumulation is EASY for the girls. Especially when it comes to putting weight on in the area of the hips, thighs, and butt.

There is a good reason for this, of course, and it has to do with a woman's reproductive role in the species. Women need to be carrying an extra 20 pounds or so of fat before their body will play ball and prepare itself for ovulation each month.

So a woman's body will hold onto that fat, quite literally, for dear life. The life of the next generation.

So there's that element to contend with when you are trying to figure out why the weight is not coming off very easily.

But there are other factors that come into play as the years pass and a woman moves from her twenties to her thirties. Her hormones begin to wane as she moves away from her most reproductive years. But they do not all drop at the same rate and imbalances creep in.

Which can be a big problem. After years of fine balancing for body weight maintenance, the ever greater lop-sidedness of hormone concentrations can skew to favor what appears to be fairly sudden weight gain in a woman's mid-thirties.

And until she figures out how to rebalance those hormones, exercise and careful monitoring of calories is not likely to help all that much.

In effect, her body has become weight loss resistant. And yet, this is just one of MANY ways that it can happen.

If you suspect that your own body is weight loss to at least some degree, you can have your suspicions confirmed or allayed by going here:

Click here to find out your Weight Loss Resistance Number

That's the link to a short 7-question multiple-choice quiz that fitness expert Carolyn Hansen has set up to help you figure out where you lie on her "weight loss resistance scale".

She also provides an immediate "overview" assessment, and if you really want it, a customized analysis based on your answer set.

To Your Success,
Arthur M.

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