Diet Like a Guy
5 Tips to Drop Weight Fast
When it comes to losing weight, men start out with some totally unfair disadvantages. With more muscle mass than women, they burn food faster. Experts estimate that their metabolism can run as much as 10 percent hotter than ours. And because they’re bigger – thirty pounds heavier, on average, than we are – they can eat bigger portions without gaining.
Adding insult to injury, recent research at Brookhaven National Laboratory suggests their brains are better at suppressing appetite. In the study, women just couldn’t stop thinking about a forbidden food.
We can’t change our biology. But we can borrow a page from our guy’s playbook when it comes to psychology. Men approach dieting in a different way. Looking over their shoulders, here are 5 ways we can improve our odds of success.
Just Say No. Women chisel away at their calories, taking a smaller portion of this or that, while men pick up the machete and cut out a whole category of food – dessert, bread, pasta, beer. This technique works because the rules are so clear: no bargaining involved. You don’t cut a weensy slice of cheesecake; you don’t eat it at all. An important corollary is the no-drinks rule: rule out any liquid with calories (beer, wine, sweetened soda, juice), and you can painlessly remove hundreds of calories each day.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. The New York Times just ran a story about a phenomenon I’ve observed many times: Men betting on their ability to drop the pounds. You win the pot by losing your pot. Don’t want to wager with friends? There are websites where you can compete with a stranger: fatbet.net and makemoneylosingweight.com
Train Like a Triathlete. Work out like somebody who’s getting ready for a race. The secret: interval training. If you pump up your workout by alternating periods of high effort and recovery time, you’ll boost your calorie burn while you’re exercising and afterward. Intervaltraining.net can get you going.
Don’t Overthink It. Here’s where psychology comes in. Men don’t buy piles of diet books, consult dozens of web sites. They pick a plan and go. Truth be told, most diets work. You don’t have to become a nutritionist to lose weight; you just have to stick with the plan.
Have No Regrets. We women are such perfectionists, and we beat ourselves up when we backslide or plateau. If your honey’s up a few pounds mid-diet, do you think he frets and stews and plays the blame game? Not a chance. With a sly, almost proud smile – look what a bad boy I am – he climbs back on the wagon and starts losing again.