Author: Troy Theodosiou
Losing weight is hard work for both women and men. The fact is anyone can lose weight, you just have to be committed to doing it.
Weight-loss programs often accentuate the difference. When sedentary men and women both start exercise programs, men tend to lose body fat, while many women don’t.
Men have more muscle, especially in the upper body. Muscle burns more calories than fat which means men have a faster metabolism. 5 to 10% faster to be exact.
Testosterone is a powerful hormone and men have approximately 10 times more of it than women do. Testosterone increases protein synthesis and lean body mass, which will then increase your resting metabolic rate.
On average, women have between 6 and 11 percent more body fat than men, an assumed evolutionary adaptation to help during pregnancy. From puberty to menopause, women maintain more body fat than men, even when they take in fewer calories.
It’s important to remember that “fat” doesn’t mean “unhealthy.” Yes, women have larger fat stores, but it’s part of their physiology, meaning it’s not extra weight.
Fat distribution differs greatly between the sexes. While women often gain fat on the butt and hips, men tend to carry excess weight around the abdomen, where it’s more noticeably lost when they trim down.
Regardless of gender, losing weight can be a little easier if you keep a few tips in mind:
Start strength training: Build more muscle mass and decrease fat stores by strength training. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when at rest.
Build a Structure of Healthy Food at Home: Get your family or significant other in on your goals.
Maintain a positive attitude: Don’t compare your weight-loss journey to others around you. The road to a healthy weight is personal and shouldn’t be controlled by outside factors. Reducing stress is also beneficial to aid in a healthy lifestyle and your weight loss journey.
Get your sleep: Try and ensure you’re getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night so that you are able to make smart and healthy choices!