Women and men have a lot of differences between them, and the ability to lose weight at a fast pace is one of them. Think about that time you and your husband decided to make a lifestyle change together – you went to the gym, started eating healthier and dropped your bad habits all at the same time, yet the results popped up much faster for him than you. Why is that? According to endocrinologist Ula Abed Alwahab, MD, genes are most likely to blame.
“We hear this all the time, and it can be frustrating for women,” Alwahab told the Cleveland Clinic. “But unfortunately for women, their genetic makeup can make losing weight a little more challenging.”
Factors that contribute to the difficulty for women include lowered metabolic rate, affects of pregnancy, menopause and other conditions brought on by hormone imbalance. All of these changes in your life can make losing excess pounds and maintaining a healthy weight seem less attainable when you’re following standard tips and tricks.
But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around and let the weight gain ensue. There are plenty of changes – specific to women – that you can make to help the pounds shed quicker. Consider the following tips for losing weight:
Avoid Refined Sugars and Refined and Starchy Carbohydrates
According to Healthline, one of the most important factors to losing weight for women is by cutting the sugars and starches out of your diet. Because your body uses carbohydrates for