Why Males Have the Upper Hand in the Weight Loss Game and What Females Can Learn From it.

 male and female weight loss

It’s around this time of the year that many restart their fitness regime (again) and call on support through husband, wives, partners to keep them company while they sweat it out or clean up their eating.

While this is all good to begin, it can quickly lead to disgruntlement as there’s a realisation that women have to work harder to get the same results as men. Enter the male vs female weight loss equation. 

It doesn’t have to be a dampener on your efforts to get fit and healthy though, as long as you realise that you can’t go to the gym, do the same kind of sessions and then eat the same amounts of food and expect the same results.  It just ain’t gunna happen.
Why Guys Have the Upper Hand in the Weight Loss Game
1. Females resting metabolic rates are 5-10% lower than that of a man’s.  So even when we’re not working out, they are burning more kilojoules just by doing nothing.
2. Since our bodies naturally produce lower levels of testosterone it has been proven in studies that we have to workout ten times harder to get the same results in the gym than a guy….hence why it can be difficult for women to build muscles like men.

3. Guys have a larger lung capacity which helps them to go harder, longer in certain conditions such as high altitude or harsh temperatures

4. Females tend to associate getting fit with aerobic work like walking, dancing and swimming because males tend to head straight to the gym to pump iron which in turn leads to an increase in lean muscle mass which turns up their metabolism furnace
5. When it comes to food, women are an emotional bunch and tend to use it to solve the problems of the world..(c’mon we all do it).  Men are less emotionally charged and find it easier to stick to something they set their minds to.
6. In regards to goals and setting standards, women tend to be a little overzealous which sometimes leads to a feelings of failure. Guys however, usually have a better body image to begin with so it isn’t a huge overwhelming stress that takes over their life.

Sounds unfair huh?…Well yeh, it kinda is but in saying that I am putting it out there that I think women are able to deal with the stresses, of training consistently harder than men just because we are genetically programmed to do so. We are naturally more flexible and subtle which allows us to back up for another workout without too much trouble.

So if you’re a female, what can you learn from this?

The first thing is to get yourself on a lifting and resistance routine.  This will help not only define and sculpt but increase lean muscle mass to boost resting metabolic rate. Muscle tissue burns more calories and having relatively more muscle creates a greater need for energy (which leads to an increased need for calories or using the deficit to your advantage).

Next is to begin understanding your emotional eating habits and how you can break free of destructive patterns.

Lessen the cardio and incorporate more intensity.  Funny things happen to women’s bodies when too much cardio is performed.  Cortisol levels rise and adrenal glands kick in, turning on the ‘store fat’ switch.  Short bursts of exercise has been proven to be the most effective way of burning body fat.

Have you come across this in your efforts to get fit or lose weight or is it completely the opposite in your household?
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