Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women
Over the summer holiday period, if you are like my husband Simon and I, you might return to reality sometime in January or February a few kilos heavier. And now we have Easter coming up and there will be all that chocolate needing a home…
If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know I don’t live by numbers and that I don’t own scales. But I didn’t need scales to tell me that after a couple of weeks of being home from our time away, Simon had lost a lot more weight than me, which made me happy – NOT! This is a common complaint from women and my own experience made me want to research if men do naturally lose weight faster than women.
As couples, we often cook and eat most meals, especially dinner, together. Some of us even regularly exercise together, so why do our other halves seem to lose weight faster than us?
A research study was carried out by Wiley – Royal College of Physicians on rapid weight loss on 2500 overweight people with pre-diabetes who were on a low-energy diet. They found that men and women responded differently to the eight-week diet, including gender-specific changes in weight loss, which was 16% greater with men.
And that’s not where the good news ends for the men. As a group, the men had a lower heart rate and less body fat. They also ended with a lower risk for diabetes than the women did.
Openfit has summed up why men lose weight quicker than women in the five facts below:
1. Men naturally have more muscle than women.
2. Men lose more water weight than women.
3. Women are hormonally wired to store more fat.
4. Men and women store fat differently.
5. Women’s menstrual cycle can trigger stress eating.
So how did I lose the extra kilos and how you can too?
1. Don’t make weight loss a competition.
Follow your journey, not your partner’s.
2. Find self-love
Learn to love who you are, no matter what shape and size, rather than worrying about who you want to be in the future when you have lost weight. Love yourself on your journey, not just the you at the end of it.
3. Start strength training
Adding some form of strength training to your routine will help you to build muscle, and muscles burn more calories than fat! I enjoy reformer Pilates, which is a safe form of strength training for me.
4. Go to bed earlier
Ideally, seven to eight hours of sleep is what adults require each night. If we compromise on sleep, it can cause you to over eat as it interrupts your hunger hormones.
Also, going to bed earlier and not being tired can initiate more fat burning sex with your partner, which is also great for weight loss, but please don’t let my husband know this!
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer at Cazinc The Label, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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