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Experts tell women to lose weight 'like a man' with low-carb Paleo diet and P90X

Lose weight like a man: Get competitive, say experts.
Lose weight like a man: Get competitive, say experts.
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If you've ever watched "The Biggest Loser" and noticed that the guys almost always lose more weight than the gals, the newest research has uncovered scientific reasons why men win at weight loss. But women can overcome that gender bias by learning how to "diet like a man," according to Fox News.

The latest research shows that "weight loss is stacked in favor of men on account of differences in hormones, metabolism and muscle mass," explains Dr. Sean Bourke, co-founder of JumpstartMD, a group of medical weight-loss clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The unfair result: If you follow exactly the same diet and exercise program of a man who is the same age, current weight and height, he will lose one to two pounds more weekly, according to Bourke.

Sounds sexist to advise women to mimic men in order to lose weight? Well, maybe. But the experts below contend that the dudes know what it takes to diet successfully.

Follow these experts' tips on how to optimize men's diet differences to boost your own weight loss:

  • Cut a treat such as ice cream or chocolate, says Patricia Bannan, RD, author of "Eat Right When Time Is Tight" (click for details). The reason: "When a diet is padded with calories from one thing, eliminating it can lead to immediate weight loss."
  • Go-to guy workouts typically involve short bursts of exercise, known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT). A prime example: Tony Horton's P90X3 DVD Workout. "HIIT workouts change you on a genetic level," says Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of "Body-for-LIFE for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation."
  • When it comes to diet choices, more men are attracted to the caveman diet, such as pro athlete Kobe Bryant. Copy their cavemen ways: "The biggest change you make with Paleo and similar diets is getting rid of processed foods and sugars," says Diane Sanfilippo, a nutrition consultant and author of "Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle."
  • Get competitive. Those guys who compete with each other over everything from who can toss a wad of paper into the trash can to how loud they can burp? They know something when it comes to winning, says University of Rhode Island professor Bryan Blissmer, who studies exercise psychology: "Athletes who are competitively oriented push 5 to 10 percent harder during a challenge versus when they're working out alone."
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