Monday, February 8, 2010

WTF?! Men actually lose weight faster than women!

So as you know I have been on a diet and working on losing weight before my son's bday next month. My boyfriend and I started dieting the same day and for a week we have been eating the same thing ad doing the same general regiment yet he has already lost 10 pounds and I've only lost 6! Now six pounds is better than nothing but there have been days where I will even eat LESS than him, go for longer walks, run up and down stairs and so far he's still ahead. How is this possible?? 

So I looked it up and apparently men DO lose weight faster than women. As bogus as it is here are some of the logistics behind it:
  1. Men have more muscle. This allows them to burn more calories, even when at rest.
  2. Women are predisposed to store and retain fat. Women have higher levels of estrogen, a hormone that works works to keep the fat on a woman's body so it's easier for her to get pregnant. That means women have to work harder to lose weight at the same rate as men.
  3. Men's bodies respond more quickly to exercise. Women's bodies, meanwhile, actually go into a sort of starvation mode, slowing the metabolism to hang onto more fat.
  4. Women may have a lower tolerance for exercise. Women have smaller lung capacity than men, which can make women feel as though they are working harder than men even if the women are working at the same level. This can also make exercise feel harder in the heat or high humidity. 
I hate to say it girls, but they boys might have us on this one. 

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