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Why Men and Women Lose Weight Differently

One of the biggest frustrations of women is that not only do men lose weight faster, but they can also eat more too. Let’s dive into the real answers of why men and women lose weight differently? According to WebMD “The simple truth is that men are larger and have more muscle than women due to the hormone testosterone.” And that’s true, and men are typically larger than women. Then it begs the argument of what if a man and woman are the same height and weight?

American men, on average, typically weigh 26 pounds more and are 5 inches taller than the average woman, which further widens the calorie burning gap. Unfortunately, even if a man and woman are the same weight and height, the man will use (or burn) 20 percent more calories, even doing absolutely nothing. We can already see the raised eyebrows of the women yelling they are just as fit as their significant others, so how could that possibly be true? Well, the truth is even if a woman if perfectly fit, she is still holding six to 11 percent more body fat than a perfectly fit man. Men have more lean muscle, which burns more calories than body fat, even during rest.

Not all hope is lost ladies, according to dietician David Grotto, RDN, even though men lose the weight quicker, it’s short-lived. Women tend to even out with men in the long run. Another great plus is that women tend to burn more body fat during exercise than men do.

Bottom line, losing weight is challenging work for both men and women. But thankfully, anyone can lose weight, just as long as they are committed to it and have the right support system. That’s why at New Results Medical Weight Loss clinic we suggest finding a partner and a medical weight loss program that will provide you the encouragement and the tools you need to reach your weight loss goals.