If you are a woman and you are dieting along with your husband, or brother. It is highly common that you are complaining you are losing weight slower than him. That is not necessarily because he is more committed to the diet than you or he is exercising more. These are five reasons why men tend to lose more weight than women while dieting:
1- Men tend to have more muscle mass than women, While women tend to have more fat stores in their bodies
this genetic tendency is important for pregnancy. Musles are the main source for calorie burning in the body , the more muscle mass, the more calories are being burned. It was found that the metabolism of a man is 5 -10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.
2- Food preferences
Men usually love meats, while women crave for carbohydrates. Protein in meats makes you feel full for longer times and to greater extent than carbohydrates which is related to less energy consumption. Also, higher protein diets are known for higher thermogenesis, which means more calorie-burning.
3- Emotional eating
Women are more likely to relate emotionally to food. In case of either depression or happiness, women are more likely to run for a slice of pizza or a bar of chocolate.
4- The monthly fluctuations in hormones and water
Retention that happens before and during menstruation, while it does not happen for men. That is why women should concentrate more on fat percentage rather than weight only.
Women concentrate more on cardio rather than on building muscles by resistance exercise, if women just concentrate more on building muscle, they will burn more calories easily.
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