So I was talking to the ladies in the group conditioning program about this last night and the topic of why men lose weight more easily than women came up.
Now as you probably heard, it is biologically a little easier for men to lose weight, bigger muscle mass, slightly faster metabolism etc. These differences however are not that significant and for me, this is not the real reason why men tend to lose weight or see differences faster than women on a weight loss program.
The Real Reasons Are To Do With Mindset And Their Approach
This really applies to ladies who are mums and wives and your in-built need or sense of responsibility to put everyone else first. In my 15 plus years of experience of being a PT, coaching both men and women, the clients who have been more consistent and got the better results have always been the men.
So why are men generally more successful than women with weight loss and making changes to their health?
Men Are More Selfish Than Women
Its really simple, they are able to switch focus onto themselves much more easily and prioritise their training and eating over other responsibilities they have.
Even if they are dads and husbands, they are still able to adopt more of a "me first attitude", we simply don't have as much of a desire to please and care for the needs of everyone else around us first, we find it easier to say no people if we don't want to do something and we don't generally have as much of an emotional connection to foods or other people's activities etc.
Mindset Is The Real Key To Getting Results
So here are my top 5 tips to help you prioritise you more and think more like a man and get results with your training and weight loss efforts
1. Learn to say NO! You cannot be everywhere at once and I promise the world will not fall down if you say no to someone.
2. Prioritise your training: Your gym sessions are your time for you, to do something for yourself. You are always doing things for others so you deserve a bit of time to focus on you and what you want. For 3 hours per week everyone else can F$£K OFF!
Your family will still love you even though you are not at their beckon call every minute of the day. Your husband is well capable of cooking a meal or putting a wash on. Trust me, I am a moron and even I can do it. Your house will not fall down and the kids won't starve or die if you come to the gym por spend an hour looking after yourself
"Think of it like this, if you had a dentist, solicitors or a doctors appointment would you still drop those to help your family out or would you say no I have to go to this appointment? The simple fact of the matter is this...
"If you want to be successful then your training sessions should carry the same amount of importance to you as any of these. If you do not show that you are prioritising these appointments your family and friends will treat them with contempt and not see them as important to you either".
3. You deserve to feel good about yourself, you should not worry about what others think of you. Their opinion does not matter at all.
4. Shit can wait! Don't sweat the little things. Even if you haven't finished a task, if you got a training session booked in, GO TRAINING!
5. Food is n, chocolate has absolutely zeroot your friend, it is not a comfort chocolate has absolutely zero benefits to your long term happiness as a human being. Neither does cakes or pastries.They will not solve your problems but they will make them worse.
This is a really big one and mindset shift that really needs to be made to be successful.
When you start a training program, you become an athlete. You might not think you are but I believe that you are and so does every other trainer in the world. So you need to believe it too. Now as an athlete you should be looking at food as a fuel,because folks that is all it is and your mindset should be fixed on how I can fuel myself most effectively for my workouts.
So don't get hung up on the weight loss thing think about performance, because if you are fueling your body to perform well in training then you are fueling it to be healthy...
"And excessive levels of body fat have no place on an efficient healthy body"
Darren has over 10 years experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, sports injury therapist and most recently as an educator to other trainers. Originally from South Wales, he went to Liverpool University to study Sports Science and liked the city so much, he decided to stay. Since finishing his degree he set up a thriving personal training and injury rehab business which continues to this day. He has recently moved over to Denby Dale in West Yorkshire and has opened Faster Fitness Solutions, a multi-purpose training and rehabilitation facility located in the heart of the village.