Men vs. Women: Weight Loss Wars (cont.)

In my experience, I've noticed that many men just see the numbers on the scale creeping upward and make a decision to correct it. Plain and simple, they decide to increase their activity and decrease their food intake.

But I've seen some women beat themselves up over a few extra pounds, even though this does little more than destroy their self-worth. Berating yourself will not help motivate you to control your weight and improve your health. So the next time those negative thoughts creep into your head, recognize them for what they are and replace them with positive ones.

Both men and women sometimes get blue over disappointments, not only in weight control but other areas of their lives. Whenever you are feeling discouraged, visit our online community of members, moderators and professionals, and let us help support you through the rough spots. We are there for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The road to permanent weight control is a very personal journey. Individualized plans, tailor-made for either sex, are fundamental.

But while we are all different, we all have the same goal -- successful weight management. Whether or not you believe that "men are from Mars and women are from Venus," we can learn from one another and have some fun along the way.

Originally published Friday, August 06, 2004
Medically updated July 26, 2005.

SOURCE: Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association; author, Diet Simple.

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