Skip to comments.Why it Really Is Harder for Women to Lose Weight
Posted on 08/17/2014 1:25:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Youre not imagining it: There really are differences between the way men and women diet, lose weight and respond to exercise.
Some of the differences stem from biology; other differences are behavioral. But though many of these seem to give men a head start, they shouldnt be taken to imply that guys have it easy. No matter who you are or where youre starting, the road to your ideal weight is difficult at best, and confusing for most.
But the information that researchers are unearthing about the differences in the way that men and women lose weight inspires hope that the next generation of weight-loss advice will be more tailored and effective than the generic tips that have gotten Americans no closer to sliding into their dream jeans. (More than a quarter of Americans are obese, according to a May Gallup poll, a number that has been ticking upward for years). Although experts have long insisted that losing weight is simply a matter of burning more calories than you consume, they now say that its much more complicated than that.
Exercise and nutrition First, there is the matter of muscles and metabolism. Men tend to have more muscle than women, and because muscle burns more calories than fat, men tend to have a faster metabolism, too anywhere between 3 to 10 percent higher than women, studies have shown.
And at the gym, that difference just gets exacerbated. Women, worried about bulking up, tend to lift lighter weights and focus more on cardiovascular fitness, while men tend to gravitate toward the kind of heavy lifting that boosts muscle composition and metabolic rate, says Jim White, a Virginia Beach-based nutrition expert and certified personal trainer.
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Because they go to dinner and pretend they aren’t hungry and when they get home they dig into their stash of Dove Bars.
Yes, it is harder. We store fat differently.
I recommend a book called “Eating Alive” by Dr. Jonn Matson. Google it.
Dove is for amateurs.
See? Problem solved.
MMA girl Song Ga-Yeon lost 15 kg in the last few months to make the weight class for her pro-debut which happened about 5AM today.
Of course, she is far more disciplined than most people. And she fights like a guy too.
Pie, cinnamon rolls, and bon-bons.
I thought they told me those calories don’t count.
Insufficient muscle mass to burn the calories
Hmmm, sounds like you have some spy cams going.
Not my wife. She eats everything on her plate and half of whats on mine.
I used to do that. Eat sparingly in public, then go home and gorge. It’s a terrible habit, but I’ve conquered it.
One of the ways it differs is that men seriously TRY to lose weight, while all women do is talk about it endlessly, buy the new miracle-du-jour to lose the weight for them, and eat half a gallon of Haagen-Dazs while watching Oprah’s latest special on “Why Women Can’t Lose Weight.”
“Although experts have long insisted that losing weight is simply a matter of burning more calories than you consume, they now say that its much more complicated than that.”
No it isn’t. The complication is that you start making excuses. You get rid of the excuses and then you get rid of the weight.
As my farmer father inlaw once told once a cow never a heifer again.
Well I have to do all the cooking. How can I cook all this great stuff for husband and not eat it too?? If I was single I would no doubt be thin as a rail.
Seems pretty much on target, to me. The rest of the article goes on to say that women tend more toward emotional eating, which I can believe. If I let myself, I would do it-—oh, look, a plate of brownies, I’m not hungry but I’ll have one-—while my husband just isn’t interested in food unless he is really hungry. But I don’t want to be fat, so I don’t allow myself to do it.
It’s my personal theory that women tend to like carbohydrates more than men...from what I’ve seen, anyway. I have a good friend who has been trying for a long time to lose some pounds, but she loves her carbs, and until she can make a change there, she’s not likely to see the weight come off.