Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus is an adage that we have always heard off.
We constantly witness stark differences in the way a man operates and the way a woman behaves. Did you know that, apart from the obvious difference in the physiology between a man and a woman, there are so many differences in the physiology, neurology and psychology between a man and a woman that contribute to weight gain & health issues and therefore the strategies to lose weight and to improve health must be different.
Women tend to develop fat at the subcutaneous area first for a fairly long period before fat gain moves to the visceral area. Fat and weight loss strategies differ depending on the area of fat gain. Fat gain leading to hormonal changes and health ailments show up for woman for many girls at the onset of puberty itself. This results in back pain, skin & hair loss, fatigue, tiredness, mood swings, irritability, PCOD, thyroid at the first stage of degenerative health. whereas for most men, the first stage of fat gain leads to issues like cholesterol, bp, blood sugar and show up in the late 30s or early 40s. Both these conditions require strategies.
Men and Women tend to have a different equation with food. Men tend to use food to numb themselves whereas women tend to use food to fill themselves up. So customised coaching methods is required to help people arrive at alternative sustainable solutions that support their neurology. Men need rational and logic, are clear about their health goals and once they build trust with their health coach, agree on the desired path, can follow it through more comfortably. In-short, they use their logical orientation and ability to take charge to their advantage and are also upfront on what they can do, or they cannot do. Women on the other hand, tend to take longer to firm up their health goals, tend to look for validation constantly for their thoughts, tend to depend on and trust others around themselves more than themselves and also get into the guilt mode very soon. This makes the weight loss journey tougher and longer for a woman compared to a man.
Indian women are generally nurturers and therefore tend to prioritise others over themselves. Women also need to have a higher fat percentage for survival. Indians are also more sensitive to fasting-feasting conditions because of the monsoon gene. Therefore, delayed and/or unplanned meals cause more irrational eating, nibbling through the day, higher level cravings and coupled with our neurological predisposition causes more fat gain leading to a higher level of fatigue and lower metabolism over time., making the weight loss journey more difficult with time.
On the other hand, a man´s psychological orientation to being more goal focused, their comfort in asking for support at the home front, coupled with nurturing support system (wife / mother) along with their physiology of a higher muscle mass (translates to higher metabolism) makes it easy for them to achieve their goals.
Understand your mind and body better, take charge of your health and embark on a sustainable healthy weight loss journey.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organisation for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile +91 94910 11202.