Men and Women are NOT created Equal when it comes to Weight Loss

Men and women have to deal with different issues when it comes to many aspects of their body and weight loss is no exception.

This is because the hormonal environment is different from man to woman. For starters testosterone and estrogen are dramatically different from man to woman and even more specific to weight loss leptin levels are also different.

Leptin plays a vital role in the control of appetite, metabolism and the signals involved in weight gain and weight loss. Leptin levels rise when you eat and fall when you’re not eating. This helps control your sense of hunger and your metabolic rate to keep you from gaining or losing weight. As long as they don’t rise too high or fall too low you’ll remain weight stable and feel fine.

When attempting to diet ‘hard’ leptin levels can fall too far too fast and you will find it very difficult to lose weight. In fact you can eventually crash and experience big rebound weight gain.

This is dramatic rise and fall of leptin could very well be what is causing so many restrictive diets to fail and so many people to gain all the weight back and then some!

This effect seems to be worse in women than in men and it’s because women have higher leptin levels to start with that drop far lower than a mans when they diet.

In other words, when it comes to leptin levels and dieting, women have higher ‘highs’ and lower ‘lows’. It’s these dramatic swings in leptin that can lead to the crash and rebound weight gain that so many women experience on standard restrictive diets.

In contrast a man’s leptin levels rise and fall very predictably and within a relative small range. The high’s aren’t too high and the low’s aren’t too low, and as a result men can follow a pretty mundane, straight forward calorie restrictive diet and make it through to the end without a major crash or rebound and essentially lose all the weight they want.

This explains why men seem to have an easier time losing weight than women. Or to say it another way, weight loss for men is pretty straight forward and doesn’t require much creativity when it comes to the diet.

Women on the other hand experience dramatic swings in leptin that require a more intelligently designed diet to minimize these big swings in leptin levels. One of the techniques that has become popular is the idea of adding in a ‘cheat’ day. This is a day during your diet program where you’re instructed to eat more food and more carbs specifically to attempt to bring your leptin levels back up after days and days of dieting and lowering your leptin levels.

Knowing that leptin drops farther and faster in women it stands to reason that the ‘cheat day’ is a more useful tool for women as well. But the concept of ‘cheating’ seems a bit problematic to me and needs some adjustments’.

I don’t like the word ‘cheat’ as it implies you’re doing something wrong, and it also implies that you should be going ‘all out’ on junk food and whatever else you can get your hands on. This leaves the door open to really overdoing that day.

I would rather call it a strategic ‘eat-up’ day.

Women need these strategic “eat-up” days throughout their weight loss program to prevent their leptin levels from crashing and rebound weight gain from happening. And they need these days more often than men.

For example a man could probably make it two or even three weeks eating very low calories and minimal carbs without having a serious crash in leptin levels and thus no major consequences to their weight loss progress.

Women on the other hand need a to add in these ‘eat up’ days weekly to keep leptin levels consistent and keep the fat burning going.

To say it another way, we’re really talking about is hitting the sweet spot between just enough ‘diet days’ combined with just enough ‘eat up’ days.

As a woman once you hit this sweet spot the fat will come off faster than you think and the process itself will be much more enjoyable because you get to take periodic breaks from the diet.

That sounds like a win-win scenario to me!

John Barban

PS. You might also be interested in this breakthrough metabolism boosting tip for women only  <—  (This video lesson does not apply to men)

 

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I’ve got some good news, now through March 12 (Monday) I’m offering
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Important: Acai Berry Scam

This is going to make some very big players in the supplement
industry furious with me but it needs to be said…

All These Acai Berry Weight Loss Websites Are a SCAM!

You’ll find these websites all over the internet. They claim you
can lose as much as 30 pounds in 30 days by taking acai berry
supplements. That’s a flat out lie, but it gets even worse… Most
of these companies will try to trick you into ordering a free
sample and will start auto-billing your credit card. They’re hoping
you won’t notice the monthly charge and when you do they make it
very hard to stop the billing.

The FTC has been trying like crazy to shut these sites down but
many of them are overseas and out of reach to the US government.
That’s why I emailing you personally to fill you in on this scam.

Am I Saying You Should Avoid Acai?

Absolutely not. I LOVE acai, and wrote about it in my Super Foods
Book. Acai is loaded with antioxidants, omega’s, fiber, and even
protein. But acai won’t help you lose weight like these websites
are claiming.

I hope you found this advice useful.

PS: The neat thing about the Super Foods book is you’ll not only
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specific health problems each of the Super Foods will help treat.
This makes it a handy resource to have around because whenever you
notice something isn’t feeling quit right you can go to the Super
Foods book and find a natural way to fix the problem.

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