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It’s not fair to make generalizations, but still, it’s mostly true that many women stick to cardio workouts and shy away from weight lifting, which for some, could make it more difficult to lose weight.  “Women, worried about bulking up, tend to lift lighter weights and focus more on cardiovascular fitness, while men tend to gravitate toward the kind of heavy lifting that boosts muscle composition and metabolic rate,” Jim White, a Virginia Beach-based nutrition expert and certified personal trainer told Van Allen. Essentially, if the goal is to burn fat, women can benefit more from incorporating weight lifting in their routines and working with weights that provide a significant challenge to their muscles.