Do men and women require different fat-burning foods?
I recently did quite a bit of research on fat-burning food for men , and it got me to thinking. Not surprisingly, a lot of the fat-burning potential of certain types of food depends on the portions you eat and when you eat them. For men, the 45 minutes before and after a workout is the most critical for taking in nutrients that your body will use efficiently. At the end of this research, the burning question in my mind was -- is it different for women? What is the best way for us to burn fat and get the most use out of our workouts?
Most people know that, on average, men have higher metabolisms than men. They're built with greater muscle mass, are often physically larger, and just burn more calories than women. At the same time, a woman's metabolism is designed to promote certain functions that a man's isn't -- notably, women have higher fat percentages on average because our bodies are made to survive pregnancy with relatively little damage.
Women can burn fat best by eating carbs before or directly after a workout, but taking in less dietary fats than men. When consuming fat near workout time, focus on plant-based fats such as the ones found in nuts or avocadoes. Of course, make sure to consume plenty of proteins -- nuts are great here too, as are dair products such as yogurt or cottage cheese. The biggest difference between fat-burning efforts for men and women is that most sources state a 45-minute post-workout window for men, but a 30-minute post-workout window for women. That is, you'll enjoy the greatest benefits if you eat something within 30 minutes of finishing your workout.
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