SEXISM IN WEIGHT-LOSS
Just because a book/ magazine cover does not specifically feature a trim and sexy female fitness model/ celebrity, it does not mean that the information is only meant for men. The truth is that there is not much difference between what makes a man gain weight and what makes a woman gain weight, pregnancy probably being the only exception. In almost all cases the major cause of weight gain is poor nutritional habits. The causes and effects of such poor nutritional habits is something I will expose in later articles.
Most magazines on the other hand, make us believe that there should be a different diet and exercise plan meant for a specific gender group. It is an unfortunate reality that most marketers use this gimmick due to the fact that SEXISM SELLS. Naturally women are more self-conscious about their appearance (considering how cosmetics are a multi-billion dollar industry) therefore it will be more appealing to get a female perspective on weight-loss. Good advice is good advice whether you get it from a male or a female, whether young or old. The same thing goes for bad, confusing and ineffective advice. I have read over 30 female and male health magazines and I still wasn’t impressed by most of the advice they offered. Unless your objective is to become a bodybuilder or compete professionally which I’m sure is not the case for 99% of us, then follow the simple clear cut instructions in our articles and booklet. You don’t need pills and supplements with the exception of only multivitamins. You don’t have to buy unnecessary gadgets and equipment designed for a specific gender group. You don’t need specialised facilities or equipment meant only for women. As long as you are a normal human being with a functioning central nervous system, don’t be too concerned about male and female perspectives to weight-loss. It’s all the same, just differently packaged.
SEXISM IN EXERCISE
Through popular media, we were made to believe that women should not lift weights otherwise they will become more masculine. If you were also of that opinion, then consider the following fact: on average, women have less than one-tenth (often less than one-fortieth) the testosterone of men. This means that there is almost no chance that a woman is going to get bulky and muscular unless she is an extremely rare and special case. This is exactly why female professional bodybuilders take a whole bunch of supplements apart from steroids and TESTOSTERONE in order to achieve such masculine physiques. Perhaps I’m just generalising, but I’m pretty sure that most people don’t find muscular extremes appealing in any way whether it’s male or female. This is not the point of this movement either. Based on my research and opinion: 99% of the time both genders want exactly the same thing: less fat and a bit more muscle in the right places. Guess what? In these 99 cases out of 100, men and women should therefore do exactly the same thing. So please don’t fall victim to sexism in both diet and exercise. It’s almost always a fraud or a sales pitch.
Oscar (Dj Sulfa) is a weight-loss expert, graphic designer , musician, dating coach, motivational speaker and author . A self- proclaimed experimenter who is fascinated by cracking the codes to achievement in order to make life easier, faster, cheaper and more pleasurable in the pursuit of the results that you seek. Follow him on the following social media links: Facebook Instagram