Whether it’s a scientific fact or not, most women will confirm that it’s easier for their mates to lose weight than it is for them, and they often wonder: why do men tend to lose weight faster and easier than women do? The key to deciphering this mystery is to understand how women lose weight.
Men and women are just built differently, because their bodies were designed for different purposes. Men are genetically designed to have a higher percentage of muscle than fat, not to mention the fact that they have a faster metabolism. This is due to the higher amount of testosterone hormones and their higher metabolic rate as compared to women. Women, on the other hand, are genetically designed to store fat in preparation for pregnancy. This fat is to sustain and nourish the baby during pregnancy and is also used when breast feeding.
While men have the upper hand when it comes to genetics, women can even out the odds by adding weight lifting and strength training into their exercise routines. Add strength training into your workouts just twice a week to increase your muscle mass and decrease your fat stores. Plus, lifting weights helps to strengthen to your bones, preventing osteoporosis.
Because men have a faster metabolism, they can eat more calories without packing on extra pounds. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, an active adult male needs to consume 2,200 to 2,800 calories per day in order to maintain his body weight, while a women needs to consume only 1,800 to 2,200 calories to maintain her body weight. That means that women need to consume 400 to 600 less calories than men per day.
Men also tend to eat more protein while women crave carbohydrates and sugary foods. Proteins, such as lean red meat, help to make men feel fuller for a longer period of time, while carbohydrates actually make women feel hungrier, which means they are more likely to consume additional calories.
While men tend to lose weight quicker than women, overweight women have a health advantage against overweight men. When men gain weight, they carry their pounds in their middle, creating an apple shaped body, whereas when women gain weight, they carry their pounds below the belt, creating a pear shaped body. When men carry that extra fat around their middle, they are at a higher risk of developing heart disease than those that are bottom heavy.
While we can take on their genetic makeup, we can learn from our male counterparts. We can still reap some of the benefits by taking on some of their weight loss skills. Increase your metabolism by eating breakfast everyday and lifting weights. Perform aerobic exercise daily and make smart food choices like avoiding refined carbohydrates. Try cooking at home so that you can control the amount and type of fat and nutrients you eat. Journal your meals so you know what you are eating. But most importantly, learn to love the skin you’re in!