Losing Weight shouldn't be a constant Struggle
I have a lot of friends that are female and being in the health/fitness field, I am constantly being bombarded by a million questions about weight loss, nutrition and diets. If you know anything about women, more often than not, a woman's worse enemy is in her own mind. Some women can be in good health and have a very nice shape, but for some unexplained, strange, unknown reason to all of mankind, they look at themselves in the mirror and see an overweight monstrosity. To be fair to the girls, they do have some characteristics (both physically and emotionally) that men do not which can make the battle of the bulge an extremely difficult uphill fight. Once a woman learns and understands the differences in their body, their fitness journey to weight loss/fitness goal will become that much easier. These simple weight loss tips will help the girls overcome the weight loss barriers that they have been facing.
What Matters most is how you see Yourself
It's called "Self Esteem" for a Reason
I was taught at an early age, that the mind is the most important factor in anything and everything you do. If your mind is not in it 100% percent, you have already lost the fight. Women tend to be more emotional than men for the most part. Then you add in all the media hype, fashion magazines, and infomercials harping about skinny being in and unrealistic weight goals, for a lot of women this is the start of an ugly downward spiral. Being skinny does not mean that you are fit, nor does it mean you are healthy for that matter. It means your skinny, that's all. Ladies, you have to believe in yourself first and foremost because no one is going to do it for you. I mean truly believe in yourself, not just posting catchy, motivational cliche's on Face book that you really don't even follow/believe yourself. Having negative thoughts/beliefs, reading into society's idea of being a stick figure, and having weight loss goals set for a very short period of time that are simply not possible can easily frustrate a woman to the point that she gives up on her exercise/fitness plan and diet because she's not seeing the results that were envisioned. If you have had children, been depressed, or had some kind of health complication which consequently over the years has perpetuated your excessive weight gain, why would you think that you could lose all the weight you gained in 30 days? Simply put, It's not going to happen so stop beating yourself up about it. Even with the assistance of the magic pills you see being sold on the television. To err is human, your going to make mistakes, but you should always learn from those mistakes, believe in yourself and never quit. Throwing in the towel should never be an option.
Weight Loss vs Fat Loss
Muscularity of this level in a woman can not be obtained without the assistance of male hormones.
Muscles versus Fat
I guess God or Mother Nature should take responsibility for this, but when it comes to muscles in the human body, men are by far the superior of the genders. Ladies, you may not like the idea of this, but unfortunately you have more fat in your body than muscle. In fact the only way a woman could even come close to having the muscularity level of a man is through the assistance of male hormones (performance enhancing drugs/steroids). To put this more in perspective, the less muscle you have in your body, the slower your metabolic rate is going to be. Which means you are going to burn less calories than a man, even if you are doing the identical workout/same amount of exercise as your male counterpart. Then you add in a woman's usually smaller body frame, her reproduction system that allows her to carry and nourish babies, also permitting the body to hold more fat stores...well you get the point, it's all an uphill battle. It may not be exactly fair when it comes to the differences in gender, but it is what it is. You got to work with what you got. One of the first things you need to stop doing ladies is jumping on these ridiculously low calorie diets that basically send your body into a starvation state of mind which only makes it more difficult for your body to burn calories and lose weight. It's not about 'when" you eat, it's what you eat that is more important. Your body cannot tell time. You really don't have a lot of muscle (burns more calories) to begin with and you don't want to lose the little that you do have. Eating smaller meals (5 or 6, will vary depending on the woman) throughout the day will keep your metabolism rev'd up and going strong. You also will need to insert strength training into your workout routine to maintain the muscle you do have and change your body composition, muscle to fat ratio.
Women's Hormones by www.Hormone.Help.info
Hormone imbalance can perpetuate weight gain
Many men wonder what makes a woman's mood change like the days on a calender. Its simply a hormone imbalance, which can influence a woman's behavior more than you know. There are also other complications caused by hormones. As women get older, their estrogen levels (female hormone) naturally start to decline and reduces their ability to burn energy, which slows down their metabolism. This proceeds to make the woman lose the muscle that she does have and gain more fat, generally around the waistline, stomach area and back of thighs is where most women store their fat. Unfortunately ladies, your body permits you to store more fat then a man's, even despite eating less calories. Some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are unexplained weight gain, loss of sex drive, fatigue, mood swings, tender breasts, and irregular menstrual cycles. So how do you combat this hormonal epidemic? Activity! Activity! Activity! You have to stay active. Especially as you begin to get older. You should get at least 45-60 minutes of some kind of activity everyday. Research has shown that women are more susceptible to cravings then men. This could also be directly related to depression or sadness due to hormones. Cravings are usually for something with high fat/sugar content and for a woman, this could be detrimental to her weight loss goal. As you should already know, the more sugar that's in your body, the more fat your body will retain. You might have a lot of will power, however a hormonal imbalance can make you do some very uncharacteristic things. When you decide on healthy eating habits, those habits should consist of things that are healthy and that you actually enjoy eating. Why would you stick to eating something that makes you cringe when you look at it or think about it, and your making faces when your eating it? Chances are, you wont stick to any diet if you don't like what your eating.
Always Believe in Yourself
Getting adequate Sleep
Sleep is one of the most underrated, important factors in muscle growth and development, but for some of us, we just can't seem to get enough sleep. For women it's even worse. Some studies have shown that as much as 75% of women do not get at least 8 hours of sleep for a variety of different reasons. Some of those factors being their children, stress (work related or family), uncomfortable beds, and underlying health conditions. High levels of stress will make the body produce more of a hormone called cortisol, which not only increases your appetite, it also makes you crave sugar and foods with high fat content. Which spells nothing but trouble. The lack of sleep will also throw off your appetite hormones and can stimulate overeating. All of these factors that prevent you from getting a good 8 hours of rest a night will only add up to extra, unwanted pounds. Some women are reading this and thinking I'm crazy, saying it's impossible to get 8 hours of sleep. Nothing is impossible. A little better time management maybe? Bottom line, do whatever you need to do, to get your 8 hours of rest. Especially if you are on the mission of weight loss.
These tips are very simple, and it doesn't require the knowledge of rocket science to lose weight. Just understand that it's a process to lose weight and that it's going to take some time. It's not going to happen overnight, the human body does not work that way. Understanding your body (everyone is different) and incorporating it with a good fitness/exercise routine and healthy eating habits that are specifically made for your body will have you shedding those unwanted/excess pounds in a very timely fashion.
Jayden on November 13, 2018:
Please help that made me even more confused
Alyssa from Ohio on January 20, 2017:
Great article filled with valuable information! Attitude and mindset are extremely important in fitness, but can also be one of the most challenging aspects. I love that you added sleep in there.. one of the most underrated factors. As a busy wife and mom, I fully understand how difficult it can be to get to bed on time, and hit that magic sleep number.. some days I do, some days I don't. Ultimately, it's just about doing the best you can each and everyday - "Working with what you have."
I really enjoyed your article!
Kevin W (author) from Texas on February 08, 2014:
Thank you Easy Exercise, I appreciate that. Of course you can quote me. I take that as a compliment.
Kelly A Burnett from United States on February 01, 2014:
Your articles are always on point and offer practical pointers for the health minded individual. Another very well done hub.
If you don't mind, I wish to quote you on this one: "If your mind is not in it 100% percent, you have already lost the fight." - stated simply and to the point. Our priorities in life are often misguided and taking care of ourselves needs to be a daily chose.
Great hub - voted up! Keep up the great work!
Kevin W (author) from Texas on September 30, 2013:
Thanks for the read Michealjholding and Faith Reaper, I appreciate that.
Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 28, 2013:
Wow, great useful hub here and insight into the great differences between the male and female body! You have provided much helpful information here in this hub.
Voted up and more and sharing
God bless, Faith Reaper
michealjholding on September 10, 2013:
Great weight loss tips for girls and like to add those girls who want to lose weight must break their meals in small frequent meals and prefer raw food over processed food. Increase their water intake for drinking and have green tea after meals. Avoid beverages, soda and even diet soda and workout regularly.
H C Palting from East Coast on August 16, 2013:
Thank you for discussing what many women don't get...sleep. A LOT of people are still in the dark about this, I've written about it as well. Also, many women put most other people first, before themselves and get frustrated when they have difficulties in this area. A woman can be a lot of things, wife, mother, sister, friend, colleague, but she is a woman first. Her health and fitness should be a top priority, equally as important, if not more so in some cases, as the man or hubby in her life, kids, work, etc.
Aneta Istrate, UK on August 12, 2013:
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Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on August 12, 2013:
Please do! I won't shoot myself just yet. Great hub nevertheless which I shared pinned and voted up.
Kevin W (author) from Texas on August 11, 2013:
Thank all of you ladies for reading......
@Sue Bailey....wow.....Ummm....please don't shoot yourself...lol....I'm gonna have to write a hub just for you
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 11, 2013:
Voted Up! Very wise, practical tips. Hope the girls appreciate your article.
Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on August 11, 2013:
Ok so what happens when you're a woman who is post menopausal, diabetic AND hypothyroid? Should I just shoot myself now? But then I'd have to get motivated and use some energy which I haven't got!
Billionaire Brains from Washington, DC on August 09, 2013:
I'm hungry...lol j/k Nice hub!
Kevina Oyatedor on August 09, 2013:
Voted up! This was very helpful.