Why do men lose weight faster than women? | Herbalife Healthy Eating Advice
It’s true men lose weight faster than women. But why? Why do men tend to lose more quickly than women? Learn why with Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND in this week’s healthy eating video.
Too many women figure that they’re ‘not trying hard enough’ to lose weight. But it usually isn’t that they aren’t doing enough – or that men are trying harder. It really comes down to the fact that men and women are simply made differently – and those differences have a big impact on weight loss rates.
There are three main reasons why men lose weight faster than women. It has to do with body size, body composition, and how they burn calories.
The larger a person is, the more cells they have and the more calories it takes to maintain body size. Men tend to be larger than women, so they need more calories to maintain their weight.
Men tend to have more lean body mass than women do so their body composition is different as well. Lean body mass is simply everything that’s not fat – so this component includes your bones, organs, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fluids. Every pound of lean body mass you have burns about fourteen calories a day or about thirty calories per kilo. Since men tend to have more lean body mass than women do, their daily calorie burn is higher. That alone puts men at an advantage when it comes to weight-loss because they’re able to burn more calories.
Men also burn more calories than women do when exercising. This is because it takes more calories to move a larger body through space. Since men tend to be larger than women, it takes more calories to do the same amount of exercise at the same intensity. Also, because men burn more calories at rest it does make it a little easier for them to lose weight.
For example, a heavy-set guy would need about 2,500 calories for him to maintain his weight. If he wanted to lose weight, he can cut 1,000 calories out of his daily intake, and only consume 1,500 calories per day. This is a reasonable amount of food. With this calorie deficit he can pretty easily lose about two pounds a week. A women on the other hand who maintains her weight on 1,600 calories per day wouldn’t be able to cut so many calories out of her daily intake. It’s not safe to cut down below 1,200 calories per day. So, if she goes from 1,600 to 1,200 calories a day, she’s only cutting out 400 calories a day. At a 400 calorie a day deficit, she’ll be lucky if she loses about half a pound per week.
The rate at which a person will lose weight depends on a lot of things. To learn more about this take a look at this nutrition article: How long will it take to lose weight?
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