Do Men Burn Calories Faster Than Women?
We all heard that men have an advantage when it comes to weight loss and calories burned through exercises. There are stories of women working hard to lose a pound and stories of men eating all kind of junk foods, hitting the gym and losing weight significantly. But do men really burn calories faster than women?
More muscle mass burns more calories than body fat, and women tend to have less lean muscle tissue than men. In a short period of time, men do lose more weight when they cut the same number of calories with women. But fitness programs often accentuate the difference.
There is a study where men and women were each put on popular diets like Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast and Atkins. The women had lost two times less weight as the men, and 3 times less body fat after 2 months. However, after 6 months the difference between the genders’ weight loss wasn’t even noticeable.
Men have more testosterone and less estrogen than women. And women have up to 11% more body fat than men to help them during pregnancy. These are factors that really influence the calories burned and the weight loss process in men vs in women.
Men tend to lose weight around their belly, so it’s often more immediately noticeable when overweight men start losing weight than when women do. So women tend to lose weight at a slower pace than men because their fat stores are typically more spread out in areas like butt and legs.
At the end of the day, calories burned by men and women is the result of a hard work for both genders. So it doesn’t matter what your gender is, you just have to be persistent and patient to succeed in weight loss.