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Why is it much harder for overweight women to lose weight?

On Musings of a Dick

Women, especially short women, seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to fat loss. Despite seemingly-endless amounts of cardio and dieting, it is really fucking hard for some women to lose fat, especially once they start to plateau.

You're probably saying "duh they just need fewer calories," and you wouldn't be wrong, it's just that the problem – and the solution – is a bit more nuanced than that.

Jane is 5'2 and 180 lbs. She was once 200 lbs or so, and through sheer brute force, lost 20 lbs from diet and exercise. She has unable to lose weight in the past few years; no matter how hard she tries, she just can't seem to break 180. Due to cycles of dieting and binging, she hovers between 180 and 190 and feels like she's forever doomed to remain within this weight range.

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The Health Food Trap

On WellMentor

As a trainer who specializes in weight loss, I’ve had hundreds of conversations about diet. Specifically, people want to know which diet they should follow or which foods they should eat in order to lose weight. By now, you’d think I would be used to the way these conversations go, but I still frequently find myself surprised by the misconceptions so many people have about the food they eat.

In reality, there is just one main misconception that has several parts to it. This myth is the belief that “Healthy Food Will Help Me Lose Weight.” Foods that are labeled and marketed as healthy must be good for weight loss, right? Unfortunately, not.

In the first place, many of these foods are not all that healthy, the people selling them have just learned what kind of language and packaging to use in order to make you think they are. Foods that are “all natural” and “low fat” and “organic” may be all of those things, but that doesn’t mean that they’re healthy. In order for a food to be healthy, it needs to provide significant amounts of what your body needs, and scarce amounts of what it does not.

Next, even if a food is healthy, it won’t help you lose weight unless it is also relatively low in calories. Whole wheat bread is undeniably healthier than white bread, but it has exactly the same number of calories, making it a poor choice for weight loss.

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