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This Couple Started Working Out Together in Their 40s—But Had Completely Different Results

Health logoHealth 4/5/2018 Blake Bakkila
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Getting fit with your partner can be a lot of fun. But it can also be crazy frustrating—especially if they quickly lose weight and gain muscle while your journey is much more of a struggle.

Fitness influencer Ally Tokar knows what that scenario feels like. The before-and-after photos she recently shared—showing what she and her husband looked like in their 30s and how they look now, in their 40s—perfectly illustrates how two people could follow roughly the same shape-up plan with wildly different results.

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“4.5 years y’all. FOUR AND A HALF FREAKIN YEARS that I’ve been eating vegetables and proteins instead of pizza and drinking 45 ounces of water every damn day and saying ‘no thanks’ to cupcakes when I really just wanted to smear the icing all over my face and moan inappropriately at kids’ birthday parties,” she wrote.

4.5 years y’all. FOUR AND A HALF FREAKIN YEARS that I’ve been eating vegetables and proteins instead of pizza and drinking 45 ounces of water every damn day and saying “no thanks” to cupcakes when I really just wanted to smear the icing all over my face and moan inappropriately at kids’ birthday parties and all he had to do was eat a few salads over 3 months and he has a V. Do you have a V? I don’t have a V. WHY DON’T I HAVE A V????? #swolemate @korytokar ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #yogagirls #yogafit #yogamom #yogabody #weightlifting #yogaprogress #yogi #bbgprogress 10T #bbg #gymgirl #swolemates #gymcouple #weightlossjourney2018 #fitnessbeforeandafter #fitover40 #beforeandafterweightloss #transformationtuesday #beforeandafter #21dayfix #yoga #weightloss @21dayfix

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While Tokar struggled to get more fit, her husband, Kory, had a much smoother ride. “And all he had to do was eat a few salads over 3 months and he has a V," she wrote, describing the toned lines connecting his abs and hips. "Do you have a V? I don’t have a V. WHY DON’T I HAVE A V?????”

Tokar's story isn't unusual. And as she found, it's typically guys who find it easier to lose weight and build definition than women.

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That's because men typically lose one to two more pounds a week than women do, even when they follow the same age, weight and fitness plan, explains Sean Bourke, MD, co-founder of JumpstartMD, a group of medical weight-loss clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Weight loss is stacked in favor of men on account of differences in hormones, metabolism and muscle mass," Dr. Bourke previously told Health.

It's not fair, we know. But luckily, reaching your fitness goals doesn't have to mean shedding pounds at a steady, rapid clip. If you're having a hard time losing weight, skip the scale and focus on eating whole, healthy foods and getting regular workouts. It might take longer than your spouse, but you will get healthier and fitter.

Slideshow: 12 ways to burn fat without setting foot in the gym (Courtesy: Health.com) 

Burn calories without going to the gym this holiday season: Have you been skipping the gym lately? No judgment: So you overdid it on gingerbread lattes at Starbucks or grabbed too many fast-food meals after marathon shopping trips? No biggie—as long as you stay active in other ways. "A lot of people skip workouts completely when the holidays get busy and promise they’ll exercise in January,” says Mike Donavanik, a personal trainer in Los Angeles. “But it’s that much harder to motivate when you’ve skipped the gym for two-plus weeks.” While you don’t have to maintain your exact same exercise routine, keeping your body in motion will help you balance out the indulgences and start the year strong. To help you do that on the quick, we’ve rounded up a dozen research-backed ways to get more out of your workouts and improve your metabolism to boot. 11 Ways to Burn Fat Without Setting Foot In the Gym

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