Men lose weight faster than women because of genes, emotional eating, hormones, estrogen, and comfort foods. These reasons why men shed weight quickly are from a dietician and include healthy weight loss tips for women.
“Why is it that a woman only has to look at a decadent dessert to feel the pounds creeping on, while all a man has to do is cut back on portions – or hit the gym a few times a week – to watch the pounds fall off?” asks Canadian dietician Leslie Beck, author of 10 Steps to Healthy Eating: How to Boost Energy, Manage Weight, and Prevent Disease with Food, Diet and Nutrition.
She answers her own question below, with seven reasons men lose weight faster than women. If you want the best weight loss tips – whether you’re a man or woman – read The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss. It’s another bestselling book by this author.
And, here are several reasons why men lose weight faster than women…
Why Do Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women?
Losing weight is in men’s genes
“Men are genetically hardwired to shed weight faster than women. Men are more prone to build muscle, thanks to higher levels of the hormone testosterone. Because men have more muscle mass, they also have a higher resting metabolism,” says nutritionist Leslie Beck. “Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have in relation to body fat, the higher your resting metabolism.”
See why I call men “lucky dogs”? This is one reason I wish I was a man!
Men have less estrogen than women
Men lose weight faster than women because women have more estrogen, which is a hormone that keeps fat on women’s bodies. Estrogen and body fat make it easier to get pregnant.
Men can lose weight through exercise alone
“A study of 962 men and women enrolled in a two-year weight loss program found that exercise alone was enough to help men lose weight,” says Beck. “In women, however, even substantial increases in exercise weren’t enough to produce weight loss if they didn’t reduce their calorie intake.”
Men can eat whatever they want and still lose weight, which is both another reason they lose weight faster than women and another reason I call them lucky dogs.
Men don’t diet as often as women
Dieting slows metabolism – and women are more likely to diet to lose weight than men. Cutting calories burns muscle and triggers hormonal changes, which promotes fat storage…so dieting and fasting is NOT a fat burning tip for females!
Men are more likely to exercise to lose weight
“A male approach to losing weight may also lead to better results. Men are more likely to include regular exercise, which appears to do more than increase one’s calorie deficit,” says Beck. “One study found that men who exercised and dieted had more self-restraint and experienced less hunger compared with men who followed a diet-only program. Women in the study didn’t experience the psychological benefits of exercise.”
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Men like different types of comfort foods
Women crave packaged foods, chocolate, sweets, and breads – foods that are easier to overeat. In contrast, men prefer comfort foods that mom used to make: meat and potatoes, and home-cooked meals. This is another reason men lose weight faster than women. Plus, men are less likely to eat for emotional reasons (stress, anxiety, sadness, boredom…which is not a fat burning tip for females).
If you turn to comfort foods when you’re upset, read When You Never Feel Full and Can’t Stop Eating.
Men have fewer body image issues
“Women often set out to lose weight in the hopes of improving appearance, while men are more likely to be concerned about their future health and fitness. As a result, men are often less focused on the bathroom scale,” says Beck. “Improvements in strength or a looser waistband are often enough to motivate men to stick to their program. But women tend to beat themselves up over a few extra pounds, which deflates self-confidence and self-worth.”
3 Tips for Losing Weight for Women
For women, losing weight involves watching food intake – and learning the best ways to stop eating at night.
Eat foods that keep you feeling full longer
Learn satiety tips that help you lose weight by keeping you feeling full. For more info, read How to Feel Full Without Overeating.
Stop emotional eating
I’ve always wished I could eat anything and not gain an ounce – like my husband. But he doesn’t stuff himself until he’s bursting, and he doesn’t eat to soothe his feelings of boredom, sadness, or anxiety. A great fat burning tip for females is to separate emotional hunger and physical hunger, and feed one hungry beast at a time.
Weigh yourself regularly
A highly debated way for women to lose weight is to hop on the scale every few days. Me, I like knowing what I weigh because I do eat less on my heavier days. It works as motivation to cut down on the cookies and chips (despite Beck’s admonition not to focus on the bathroom scale!).
If you want to keep tabs on your belly and other fat, check out the Fat Loss Monitor. Or, just use your jeans 🙂
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