5 reasons why men burn fat faster than women:
If you are female, I am sure you have figured out by now that men seem to burn fat much faster than we do. Well, I have been researching this and came up with some reasons to help explain why this happens. It isn’t fair, but most things in life aren’t. It does make me feel better though to know that there are valid reasons why this happens. I am no expert, but these are things that I consistently found on several sites a while back. I have written this based off of notes I took for myself.
- Testosterone and other male hormones help increase the metabolic rate and efficiency in men.
These hormones help increase muscle mass in men,and allow their bodies to lose fat faster. Women have much less testosterone so we do not reap the same rewards.
- Women naturally have more fat than muscle
Our bodies were built for very different purposes than men’s bodies. We require extra fat to carry and to nurse babies. Another disparaging fact is how we carry our fat. Men tend to carry their fat in their upper bodies which is easier to shed. Women tend to carry extra fat in their lower bodies, and when we lose weight, we lose from our upper bodies first, which can be quite frustrating.
- Menstrual Cycle
Obviously this is a female issue. When we have hormonal changes each month, the fat cells in our body retain water. I am certain you have all noticed this. As these fat cells get bigger with the water retention, it makes it harder for our bodies to metabolize fat. Not only does this mean we are gaining water weight, it’s also slowing down weight loss due to slower metabolic rate.
I took special note of this because it is a hormone I have battled for over a decade. Before I had kids, and was skinnier, I didn’t realize I had a shortage of this hormone. After several miscarriages, my OB discovered the shortage and I had to take supplements. Because I ended up with a few back to back pregnancies, I was on these supplements for some time. I am wondering now if those supplements didn’t work too well, and perhaps I have an excess supply! Progesterone can trigger hunger in women, make us feel sleepy, and less inclined to exercise, thus resulting in weight gain. I don’t want to complain too much about this though, because I am grateful that the supplements fixed my fertility issue and allowed me to have children.
Menopause (or any reduction in the production of estrogen) can result in excess weight in the chest and tummy areas. As we get older, we gain fat and lose muscle, and when our skin begins to sag it loses its ability to hold onto fat cells, and the result is yucky cellulite. There are so many pros and cons to estrogen supplements, but this is just one thing to take into consideration when you are making the best choice for yourself.
Female hormones provide us with many great benefits, but can impair weight loss. It is important to understand how our bodies work so we can best work with them to lose weight and stay healthy.