“My husband and I are exercising together, and he’s lost 40 pounds. I’ve dropped only 5. What am I doing wrong?” – Debra S.
“You aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s only natural for men to lose weight more quickly than women because they have more muscle,” says celebrity trainer Valerie Waters. “Don’t be discouraged.” Her tips:
BLAST CALORIES IN LESS TIME
Try cardio intervals, alternating four minutes of walking and one minute of jogging. Your goal: two minutes of walking and three minutes of jogging. Interval training (HIIT) is great because it keeps your heart rate up without wearing you out.
INCREASE YOUR STRENGTH
You need more muscle so that you can burn more calories all the time – even when you’re sleeping! Do the following circuit (10-15 reps of each exercise; two sets) twice a week: step-ups, bent-over rows, squats, bent-knee push-ups, shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps dips, crunches, reverse crunches.
BUMP UP YOUR METABOLISM
Instead of the usual breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try to eat five smaller meals throughout the day that are rich in lean protein and high-fiber foods, such as multigrain bread, fruit, and vegetables.
Courtesy of Fitness, April 2007