Is Weight Loss Easier for Men or Women?

In all my years coaching fitness, I've heard this debate countless times...

Is fat loss easier for men or women?

This topic always stirs up the opinions.

Well, my good friend Craig Ballantyne (the Men's Health magazine official trainer & fat loss expert for Oxygen magazine) wrote up this article to help give some answers to this debate.

Men Vs. Women - The Top 5 Reasons Why It's Hard for Women & Men to Burn Body Fat

by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS,

Do men or women have an easier time with fat loss?

Men and women both have a hard time losing body fat, but for different reasons. Here are the top 5 reasons why it's hard for men and women to lose body fat, and the 3 proven diet and exercise techniques for losing as much fat as possible in only 12 weeks.

#1) The number one reason men and women have a hard time losing weight is because of poor nutrition.

Advantage: Women

Most women are better educated on food choices, but men continue to eat as if they were still playing college football. As a result, men will have aharder time losing weight because no matter how much they exercise, they arestill eating too many calories. You can't "out-train a bad diet".

#2) The second reason men and women struggle with fat loss is becausetheir metabolism decreases over time due to muscle loss and reduced activity.

Advantage: Men

Most men have more muscle mass and get more exercise than women. Plus, more men do strength training while women neglect this key element of the fat burning equation. In fact, a recent study showed that both men and women can lose fat and gain muscle at the same time with strength training - even at age 60!

Without strength training and interval training, women will continue to burn fewer calories per day with each passing year and will have a harder and harder time with fat loss.

#3) Men and women will struggle with weight loss if they only rely on slow, boring cardio.

Advantage: Men

More men do interval training, and that is better than slow cardio for fat loss.

In a recent study, men and women on a year-long cardio program lost only 6-8 pounds, even though they exercised 6 days per week. In another study, a group of women did not lose weight after 15 weeks of cardio (3x's per week). In contrast, a group of women in the same study that did interval training were able to lose belly fat.

#4) Men and women have a hard time with weight loss if they don't have social support.

Advantage: Women

Most men try to do everything on their own, but weight loss is easier if you have social support. On the other hand, most women are more willing to recruit help from friends and family when on a weight loss program. Men and women can get social support from friends at work, from their family, from people at the gym, or even in an online fat loss forum.

#5) Men and women struggle with weight loss because of poor execise choices.

Advantage: Tie.

Most guys and gals just show up at the gym without a plan - or they just go for a jog and do some crunches. But without a professional plan, both men and women will not lose weight, but only waste time.

To lose the most amount of fat in the least amount of time, both men and women should follow a program containing the following three essential elements...

A) A reduced-calorie diet of whole, natural foods.

No one needs an extreme eating plan. Just focus on eating 10-20% fewercalories than you need, focusing on vegetables, fruits, nuts, and sources of protein and healthy fats. Stay away from anything in a bag or a box.

B) Resistance training (Strength training)

Resistance training, using dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, or barbells help men and women burn fat and build muscle.

C) Interval training

Short bursts of exercise, as done in interval training, work better than slow, boring cardio, and get results in half the time.

Ballantyne recently held a transformation contest for men and women who used his Turbulence Training workout system, and his top contestant lost just over 33 pounds of fat in only 12 weeks. You can see the awesome results of the contest here:

You can learn more about the Trademarked Turbulence Training system and discover the 5 biggest fat loss myths at...

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and fatloss expert who writes for Men's Health and Oxygen magazines.

His trademarked Turbulence Training for Fat Loss have helped thousands of men and women with weight loss, getting ripped abs, and fat burning in lessthan 45 minutes three times per week. Turbulence Training for Fat Loss workouts help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancyequipment.

Thanks Craig! For anybody that doesn't already have a copy of Craigs system, be sure to visit the Transformation Contest page and see some of the incredible results that contestants (real people just like you) got during the last transformation contest.

The next contest (which you can win $2000 while losing body fat at the same time and getting in the best shape of your life) is starting right now, so you only have a couple more weeks to get your pics entered and get started on this. Even 2nd and 3rd places get $1000 and $500, respectively.

All you need to do is pick up a copy of the program and you'll receive all of the instructions on how to get started on the contest. Your odds of winning Craig's contest are much greater than the old Body for Life contests because instead of competing against 100's of thousands of people, you're only competing against a couple hundred people at most.

Also, for the next 3 days only, Craig has put together a new set of bonuses that you have to check out here:

Til next time,
Don't be lazy... be lean.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder - &

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