Have you ever heard that women have a harder time losing weight than men? Wondering if it is a myth or is it a scientific truth? Are men more driven or women more likely to simply give up? Or does the male body simply burn fat away more quickly and easily than the female body?
To start, it’s not simply the result of frustrated imaginations. Women really do have a harder time losing weight than their male counterparts. There are differences in the way women actually take on a diet, but weight loss occurs differently in women than in men. Moreover, exercise also impacts women differently than it does men. The result is that a woman and man may follow a very similar strategy to lose weight and the man will see better results on the scale than the woman.
One of the main reasons that women have a harder time losing weight than men is simply because of body composition. The male body naturally has larger muscles than the female body – even if they’re out of shape. Since muscle is a natural fat burner, when a man uses his muscles in physical activity he will burn more calories and stored fats than a woman would.
Moreover, due to the higher amount of muscle in a man’s body, it means that he can grow muscles much faster than a woman can. As a result, his with faster-growing fat-burning muscles, a physically active man can continually and rapidly increase his body’s metabolism. A woman doing the exact same workouts will not have the same results because her muscles will not grow as rapidly.
Research has shown that a man’s metabolism is actually 3 to 10 percent faster than a woman’s. That may not sound like very much, but if you’re exercising with someone whose calorie burning ability is 10 percent higher than yours, you’ll certainly notice. As soon as the man starts to grow his muscles, that gap can grow even greater.
Beyond physical composition, studies have also shown that women and men have different brain wiring when it comes to the way they ate. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences January 2009 issue included a paper about a study that showed that even though women said that they weren’t hungry, if they were asked to smell and look at foods such as chocolate cake, pizza and cinnamon buns, their brain scans revealed activity in the parts of the brain responsible for driving hunger and appetite. They were inclined to eat despite the fact that they weren’t hungry before seeing and smelling the food. The response was not the same in men.
Therefore, the male body not only burns through calories faster, but it appears that the male brain isn’t as susceptible as the female brain to visual and olfactory temptation for diet-unfriendly foods when the man isn’t actually hungry.