Why It’s Harder for Women to Lose Weight
April 12, 2021 in
Getting Active, Healthy Eating, Lifestyle by
Robert Ziltzer MD FACP
Do you find that every time you and your husband go on a diet or weight loss program together, he loses weight faster? You eat the same foods and exercise the same amount, but his results are faster and more dramatic. Don’t feel discouraged. A combination of biology and behavior is behind the gap. Here are some explanations and tips to help you compensate.
1. Muscles & Metabolism
Muscle burns more calories than fat and men tend to have more muscle than women. Because of this, men tend to have higher metabolisms. Men usually prefer strength exercises that build muscle while women tend to prefer aerobic exercise.
2. Exercise & Appetite
Men and women respond differently to exercise. The hormone ghrelin which stimulates appetite tends to spike in women after exercise. In men, it often goes down after a workout.
Tip: Women who get hungry after exercise should plan to have a low-sugar, high-protein meal or snack available. For meals, have a large serving of vegetables and a small serving of protein and carbohydrate foods.
Where Women Are Ahead
The one place where women have it easier than men are in support structures. While women tend to talk about their weight loss goals with friends, men are more likely to go it alone. Having a support network can increase your chance of losing weight and getting healthy. Try to find a medical weight loss program that offers weekly check-ins with friendly doctors to keep you motivated and on track.