How to lose weight: Diet like a man
It’s a cliche that it’s easier for men to lose weight than it is for women. And while testosterone has a lot to do with that, registered dietitian Jim White says another big reason is how men approach food. In an article on Fitness magazine’s website, he suggests seven “dude-style habits” that might help women shed a few pounds, including:
• Don’t always order the salad instead of the steak. Some nutrients that come along with protein, such as vitamin B12, are helpful for weight loss.
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• Forget the “beer belly” stigma. If you’re going to drink alcohol, consider that mixed drinks often have more calories than beer. In addition, beer is more filling, which might help you resist the bar snacks.
• Don’t diet. Depriving yourself just sets up your need for a high-calorie reward. Because men “make lifestyle changes rather than go on diets, their eating strategies have no real end date. They just keep going and going … and losing and losing.”
• Boycott low-cal foods. They tend to be completely unsatisfying and can make you eat more in the long run. Go for the full-fat cheese.
• Eat constantly. “Guys are a bit like constantly running garbage disposals. They eat and eat and eat, but where does all that food go? Not on their waistlines. Why? Because they are keeping their metabolisms stoked and burning calories like crazy.”
Women on a diet tend to try to go without food for hours at a time, White says, which actually slows their metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight.
Will these ideas really work? Can’t tell – but they sound like more fun than a lot of diet tips.
How much alcohol is in that cocktail?
How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.
The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.
A “standard drink” is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. It’s a useful way to track alcohol consumption. But the multiple ingredients of mixed drinks make for a harder count.
“Most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink,” said George Koob, director of the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
“Obviously it depends on the bartender and who’s mixing the drinks,” Koob adds.
Recipes matter: The calculator’s pina colada example, for instance, assumes it contains 3 ounces of rum. Plan on using 2 ounces instead? The calculator adjusts to show it’s like 1.3 standard drinks.
What about a margarita? The calculator concludes it’s the equivalent of 1.7 standard drinks, if made with 1.5 ounces of tequila, an ounce of orange liqueur and half an ounce of lime juice.
A mojito? 1.3 standard drinks. A martini, extra dry? 1.4 standard drinks.
Other favorites? Type them in: http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/ToolsResources/CocktailCalculator.asp.