We all know that men and women are different, but when it comes to a weight loss plan, does one gender have it easier in terms of fat loss and metabolism? One of the most common beliefs in diet and fitness states that men can lose weight more quickly than women, but is there any truth to this?
It's all about body chemistry
Well, yes and no. It's true that men and women metabolize fat in different ways. As a whole men tend to have more lean muscle than women do due to their heightened levels of testosterone (this is also why women don't bulk up as much after weight training, but men do).
Usually, women tend to have 6 to 11 percent more body fat than men because of their lower levels of testosterone, which happened during during evolution to help women during pregnancy. Even if women take in less calories than men, they will usually still carry more body fat, especially from puberty through menopause. This means that when both genders cut more calories, men will typically lose more weight - but only at first.
"Over the long-term, the playing field is more equal," dietician David Grotto, self-proclaimed "guyatician" and author of "The Best Things You Can Eat, explained to CNN. "It's not a race to see who can lose weight the fastest. The important thing is that you're both going in the same direction."
Body type plays a factor too
Most men develop an "apple" body type, meaning that they tend to store more of their weight in their upper body. This is a good thing for men if they stay healthy and stick to a green coffee diet, since they will build up more muscle in their core. However, if they live a sedentary lifestyle and make unhealthy life choices, they will usually store a lot of visceral fat in their midsection - known more colloquially as a "beer gut." Unfortunately, this is the body type that is most associated with cardiovascular disease, according to the University of New Mexico (UNM). Women, though they have a larger percentage of body fat, tend to have a variety of body shapes, so they will store it more evenly throughout the body.
Over time, it evens out
A 2013 study that was published by the British Journal of Nutrition that monitored weight loss in men and women discovered that while men lose twice as much as women at two months in, after six months, the rate was evened out. This means that women may have to stick it out a bit more if they are trying to see the full effects of their garcinia cambogia extract.
Men and women benefit from different forms of exercise
Since both genders mobilize, store and metabolize fat differently, they may benefit from differing forms of exercise. UNM discovered that women respond better in terms of purported energy when engaging in low to moderate intensity exercise when compared to men. However, men are known to lose more weight and build more muscle, so high intensity exercise and weight training are usually preferred.
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