Ladies, if you’ve ever tried to lose weight with your man then you have likely experienced this diet frustration: YOU dieting your brains out to lose a pound while HE gives up beer for a week and drops a pants size. What is the meaning of this cruelty?!
A new study, published in the Journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, confirms that, yes, men do lose weight faster than women. Not only that, they became much healthier overall than women by the end of the eight week period.
In the study, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, researchers tracked more than 2,224 overweight, prediabetic adults from Europe, Australia and New Zealand for eight weeks. The participants followed a strict 800-calorie, mostly liquid diet of soups, shakes and hot cereals, plus a daily intake of 1.5 cups of low-calorie vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. I know what you are thinking…sign me up!
The result, other than some very hangry people, men lost 16% more weight than women. They also had a lower heart rate, less body fat and a lower risk of diabetes.
One explanation for this speaks to metabolism. Dr. Elizabeth Lowden, is a bariatric endocrinologist at Northwestern Medicine’s Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. She was not involved in the new study but her insights on metabolism was interesting.
In an article for Live Science, Lowden explains that since men typically have more muscle mass, they have a higher metabolic rate. Men also tend to have more weight around their midsection called visceral fat, which surrounds the internal organs. Women have subcutaneous fat around the thighs, butt and hips. Lowden states that Subcutaneous fat is not metabolically active while visceral fat that men have is. This is another reason why men lose weight quicker than women.
So it seems that the struggle is real, ladies.
On a positive note, I do think it is always a good idea for couples to work on being healthier together. It makes it easier to avoid temptation, provides support and accountability. It can be very overwhelming to make lifestyle changes. When your partner is in it with you, it makes the journey a little more tolerable.