Contributing Editor: Vivian Nweze
If you’ve ever felt frustrated going on a diet challenge or working with a male fitness buddy who somehow manages to lose more weight than you while seeming to do less…you’re not alone. It might not be fair, but men do lose weight more quickly than women for biological reasons. Before you get caught up in comparisons with the opposite gender, read below to learn why our genders differ when it comes to our weight loss process!
TESTOSTERONE VS ESTROGEN
- Men have more muscle mass than women because of the hormone testosterone
- Muscle burns more calories than fat, so than a man is predisposed to burn more fat than a woman with similar diet and fitness
- Estrogen is a hormone that allows women to get pregnant and tries to keep fat on a woman’s body
DIFFERENCES IN EATING
- Women tend to crave carbs, fat, and sugar while men tend to crave meat
- The hormone ghrelin, that makes us hungry, goes up after women workout
- Women by nature are more likely to eat, even if they aren’t hungry, if they’re exposed to food through sight or smell
- On average, women have 6-11% more body fat than men, regardless of calorie intake. It’s perfectly healthy for an active woman to have more body fat than an equally active man.
- Men hold excess weight mostly in their belly, visceral fat, while women’s excess weight is more spread out (especially thighs, butt, and hips: subcutaneous fat)
- A little exercise will help get rid of weight in the mid-section first, which makes weight loss more visible in men who carry the bulk of their excess weight there
- After menopause women start to hold weight in their belly like men
- Visceral midsection fat is more harmful to health, because it surrounds your organs. Women having excess subcutaneous fat is less harmful than anyone having excess visceral fat.
- Men have more lung capacity than women, so it can feel like you are working harder than your male counterpart.
CHANGES OVER TIME
- Men tend to lose more weight quicker than women, but in the long term it evens out
- To build more lean muscle mass, women are encouraged to start weight training and doing body weight exercises like push ups and squats
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