How Do Men Lose Weight?


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Men lose weight just like women, by burning more calories than they ingest. Men generally have more muscle mass than women, so they burn calories at a higher rate. That's why when a husband and wife are on an identical diet, the husband loses weight faster.

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Most trainers say an ideal formula for men to lose weight is a combination of cardiovascular exercise, weight training and diet. Cardiovascular exercise should always go for more than 20 minutes because that's the point when the body stops burning carbohydrates and starts burning fat.

Weight training helps build muscle, which increases the body's metabolic rate. A pound of muscle burns calories at a much higher rate than a pound of fat. All the weight training and cardiovascular work in the world does not help if people don't watch their diets. Those who hate dieting find it virtually impossible simply to exercise off the pounds. People can eat a diet with a good balance of lean protein, fruits and vegetables and a modest amount of carbohydrates if they want to see the weight fall off.

Exercise does not have to be drudgery. If someone enjoys a sport, he can make a commitment to play several times a week. A good game of full court basketball or running up and down the soccer field gets anyone in shape and helps those pounds melt away.

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