Monday, June 2, 2008

Is "Gender Specific" Weight Loss Information Useful?

When I first tried Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength (BFL), the only available "program" was definitely designed with the male body in mind (although many women used it successfully). Later, however, they created a Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation program. But do women really need the gender specific advice?

Although I believe that there are natural differences between female and male bodies--especially when it comes to things like muscle mass and body fat percentage--I also tend to think that basic weight loss advice can be applied to both genders.

The basic premise of the "male" BFL program is this:
  • Eat frequent, small meals of "clean" foods
  • Exercise regularly, including both strength training and cardio components
  • Limit "cheat" meals to once a week
In my humble opinion, this should work for both men and women.

I recently purchased a copy of both BFL (for the third time... I always give away my copy) and BFL for Women (thinking about losing that baby weight!). Once I read both, I'll report back here as to the differences between the two programs.


ephedran said...

Good point about the gender specific advice. I think we all need different things and different plans will work for different people. At the end of the day the goal is to smack the fat

Fatinah said...

I'm interested to hear what the dif's are - I have BFL the original....

Anonymous said...

I got there lots of helpful content and great information. Thanks a lot for your help.