Not All Weight Loss is Created Equal

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Weight loss for men and women are different. If you are a woman and have ever tried to lose weight alongside your husband, or any male acquaintance, you’ve probably experienced a little progress when you compared your weight-loss rates.

It’s not a matter of lacking effort or willpower on the part of the woman; the reasons are actually sound and scientific.

Men & women are not made the same, body composition, that is the amount of muscle, bone and fat that make up the body, are different between men and women.

Women carry more fat than men (carry approximately 10% more of their body weight in fat). They are better at storing fat than men. Moreover, when women store fat, they do so in different places than men. Women have more subcutaneous fat, which preferentially stored in in the hips, butt, and legs, whereas when men gain weight, it usually goes to the upper body since men tend to have more visceral fat, the kind that accumulates deep in the body, mostly around the organs in their midsections.

Men, in general, have more muscle mass, heavier bones and less body fat than women, Women have less body mass, and less muscle mass. The more body mass you have, the more calories you need just for your metabolism, and the more calories you burn for every minute of exercise. also,

This obvious inequity is mostly due to differences in body composition, but we can also blame hormones, as they pretty well control every motivation we experience. Estrogen and progesterone have much to do with this. Estrogen is the one responsible for greater fat storage around the hips and thighs while both estrogen and progesterone impact larger breasts. When estrogen levels decline, as in menopause for example, body fat tends to accumulate as the metabolism naturally slows and fat is stored more readily. This is why young women in their teens and twenties generally have an easier time staying lean without too much effort. Additionally, females do have a higher essential body fat requirement due to the fact that their bodies must be capable of giving birth and their reproduction system will require more body fat stores.

Men, on the other hand, are usually much leaner through the arms and the legs and store more fat around the middle as a consequence of testosterone. Hormone balance is crucial in order to lose weight; any imbalance with your sex hormones will dramatically impact your ability to lose and maintain your weight.  For instance, imbalances between estrogen and progesterone will often increase cravings in women. Men also produce estrogen but in significantly lower amounts than women. This is one of the reasons that fat loss appears to be a simpler process for them.

Physical activity differences appear to also play a role. Women, in general, tend to be less active than men. Also women get dissatisfied with their weight much earlier in the training period than men do. However, women could take a tip from men by focusing more on their goals, which could help them avoid frustration when results don’t come as quickly as they’d like.

Most women feel that men have an easier time getting lean while they have this stubborn fat that just seems to stick around regardless of what they do. Maybe staying on track would become easier for women if the focus is shifted to how much better they feel as a result of better food choices and increased physical activity. With more emphasis on feeling stronger and healthier, women might learn to be more accepting of their bodies, as well.