This week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. She is one of the most trusted online make-up authorities and I never shop for new products without checking out her recommendations. She tests out every color and texture to provide advice that you can always use and trust. This week our Fashion Flashers have outdone themselves with posts that range rom a RoC giveaway( Fab Over Forty) to new choices in shape wear( Diva Debbi) to new research on the benefits of exercise (Best of Everything After 50).
True Story. In my early forties my husband and I decided to try to lose some weight on the Atkins diet. Breakfast was bacon and eggs, lunch, a tuna salad plate and dinner a big steak and celery sticks. After 10 very long days my husband had lost almost 10 pounds. I, on the other, had dropped only two pounds which quickly returned after the first bagel. It was clear that gender differences impact on the way men and women lose weight — and now there is a book to show how to make these differences work for us.
Eat Like A Woman by Flashion Flash blogger Staness Jonekos ( Menopause Makeover) is a much needed guide to why and how women its harder for women to control their diet. For example, EPA and DHA are two important components to omega-3 fatty acid which is so critical for heart health. Turns out that men do better with EPA supplements while women have greater needs for DHA.
And then there is the way we handle tryptophan– the food nutrient that moderates mood. Staness points out that men are 52% more effective in absorbing tryptophan than women– which may explain why women are more likely to nibble on sweets to self medicate with food.
Eat Like A Woman offers a three week, three step program to lose weight and feel better. Her SWEAT program ( Smart Women Exercise All the Time), profiles the best exercises for each stage of life. For example, during pregnancy Staness recommends walking and yoga and warns against lying flat on your back during a workout. For optimum fitness during menopause, Eat Like a Woman recommends moderate aerobics and strength training. The book closes with a well edited selection of recipes including salmon tacos, braised pork, grape salsa, spiced nuts and tuna and red bean salad.
Staness is also the author of Menopause Makeover, the ground breaking guide to getting back health and vitality after “the change”. Eat Like A Woman provides the same type of up to date research and recommendations for the rest of our lives