From snacks to boost mental health to calorie-burning sex positions, these life hacks are simple – but there’s a catch 0 55

OFF to the gym with your other half? It may not do your waistline any good.

Women are likely to lose weight of a morning, men in the evening, a US study says.

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And it is far from the only surprising gender difference regarding lifestyle choices.

From keep-fit and kip to sex and diet, we reveal why men and women are like choc, sorry, chalk and cheese.

DIET

Females’ mental health may brighten up if they eat less refined carbohydrates such as white pasta.

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A US study found those who ate big amounts were a third more depression-prone.

Cheese, though, can help them avoid osteoporosis, as they have lower bone density than men.

Blokes, meanwhile, can eat more dark chocolate. A study at Aberdeen University found it boosts blood quality in both sexes but more in men.

Also working wonders for fellas is zinc-rich shellfish, making for healthy sperm and boosting immunity.

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SLEEP

Men may argue with this one, but a team at Loughborough University reckon a woman’s brain works harder, by multi-tasking, so they need 20 minutes’ extra kip.

Sleep expert Jim Horne says: “Women do lots at once and are flexible, so they use more of their brain. Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”

As for fellas, they sleep better when sharing a bed with a partner, while women are often disturbed, at least according to a report in the journal Behavioural Sleep Medicine. Misters are also more likely than misses to be night owls.

SEX

Around 40 per cent of ladies have regretted jumping into bed on a first date, compared to just 27 per cent of the opposite sex.

In fact, more than a third of blokes claim to have found love after a first date ends in the sack.

But different sexual positions can mean varying calorie burns for him and her. She works off most while squatting over her lover, feet planted on the floor.

For him, it is best as she lies back, legs raised and behind her head.

EXERCISE

Women should work out early in the day if they want to banish belly fat and lower blood pressure, a US study claims.

Research has also shown moderate to vigorous keep fit can mean a 30 to 40 per cent lower risk of breast cancer. When it comes to fuelling up for a workout, a pre-gym meal is OK for her but not so great for him.

Dr Adam Collins, at the University of Surrey, found that women burn up to 22 per cent more fat because their bodies are programmed to protect carbohydrates and instead burn fat. Men tend to run down carbs.

RELATIONSHIPS

Married men are often happier and healthier — but the same is sadly not true for their wives.

Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, advises that unmarried, childless women are more likely to live longer.

On the other hand, chaps who have tied the knot can see their careers improve — and have a better stab at landing in that top one per cent of earners.

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They will likely live longer, too, and be less prone to high blood pressure and avoid obesity.

Professor Dolan adds that married men tend to “calm down”, taking fewer risks and earning more money.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 40

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Don’t let yourself stoop to her level.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 28

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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Give yourself time and be kind to yourself. He put you down constantly, now you can start to build up your confidence.

I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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