Weight Loss for Men Versus Women
loss for men seems so much easier – at least from a woman's
perspective. It seems that a man only needs to think about shedding off
those excess pounds and it happens – like it was a wish granted just
Okay, they have to do more than just wish for it, but it does
appear to be easier and faster for a man to lose weight.
While on the other hand it often seems that a woman can just look at a
piece of chocolate cake and will gain a few pounds.
Of course this is
an extreme example as well.
You would actually have to eat the cake
versus looking at it, but women do struggle more than men when it comes
to ridding the fat and pounds.
It's not like we are just from two different plants, like men from Mars
and women from Venus.
It's as if we are in two separate galaxies.
unfair as this may be, men do have some advantages over women in the
weight loss game. But never fear ladies, you do have some advantages to
your significant other.
Advantages of Weight Loss for Men
are ahead of the game when it comes to weight loss wars and shedding
extra pounds. Men
begin with several advantages over women.
The first advantage for men in the weight loss gender differences is
their body composition. Men have more muscle and let body
fat than women.
What does this mean for weight loss for men? Well it
gives them a higher metabolism which burns more calories a day even
while at rest.
Another plus for men is that they tend to be more active than their
In a study reported by the American Journal of
Physiology, it found that women burned an average of 16 percent fewer
calories per day than men.
This difference was largely due to the fact
that women burned 37% fewer calories than men due to physical activity.
It is also due in part to their resting metabolic rate burning 16%
fewer calories than men.
A man's body responds quicker to exercise than a women. They will see
the results much quicker from a workout than their female counterparts.
A woman's body on the other hand goes into a sort of “starvation” mode
when first starting to workout.
This slows down their metabolism giving
them slower results than their male counterparts. For us females, our
lung capacity is smaller and while it seems we are working just as
hard, then men will actually be able to workout harder and longer then
Advantages and Disadvantages of Weight Loss for Women
One major disadvantage for us women is that we are predisposed to
retaining and storing fat. Our higher levels of estrogen are our biggest disadvantage.
Estrogen is the
hormone that helps keep the fat our bodies make. This means we have to work harder
than men to shed the extra fat and pounds.
it seems that weight loss for men is easy and they have all
the advantages, they do still have to want it and work at.
This is true
for women as well, they just may have to work at it a bit harder.
But don't be discouraged as a woman, we do have one edge over men.
Women generally pay attention to their weight management process, being
more attentive to what's going on with their weight.
They can make the
connection between food and emotions easier than men, giving them a leg
up on emotional eating.
One advantage for women is where their fat generally accumulates. Women
tend to put on the extra pounds around their hips and thighs (the pear
shape) while men tend to pile it on around their abdomen (apple shape).
While this is not an advantage for women when it comes to weight loss,
it does put them at a lower risk of certain medical conditions.
who carry excess weight around their mid section are at higher risk for
Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
losing belly fat and weight loss for men is so important for reducing
To Sum it Up
While there are legitimate
men have an advantage, this does not mean women can't get the job
done. Understanding these differences will help you stay encouraged
and motivated while losing weight.
If you and your significant
are embarking on a weight loss challenge, keep in mind these
difference and be supportive of the opposite sex while reaching your
Both sexes can achieve their weight loss goals and benefit
from the results by living a healthier lifestyle.
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