By Angela Hartley on 10 August 2021
This month's blog is written by our guest post, Shelia Johnson. Sheila made the decision to leave the corporate world and long hours behind to start her own business. She has been encouraged by the personal success of her health and wellness routine that she wanted to share it with others. Her page WellSheila.net, is where she hopes to share her story to help people put their physical and mental health first.
As tough as it is to admit, weight loss is easier for men. And though this isn’t the case for all males — plenty of men struggle with losing weight, too — the male body is naturally made up of more lean muscle, while women produce greater amounts of fat mass. Hormones and pregnancy also come into play, especially if hormonal imbalances are present. As such, a man and woman who diet and exercise together will often have different weight loss results, even if they’re both counting calories and following the same exercise routine.
Here are a few of the reasons why men tend to lose weight more easily than women — and what can be done about it.
Hormones play a major role in weight management. And if you’re a woman or someone with a hormonal imbalance or endocrine disorder, you may pack on the pounds more easily than the average person and struggle to lose weight as quickly as you’d like. A few of the hormones that affect weight management include leptin, ghrelin, insulin, testosterone, estrogen, adiponectin, cholecystokinin, and the thyroid and adrenals. Women are more likely to experience hormonal imbalances and be diagnosed with endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Moreover, adult men have higher levels of testosterone than adult women, which often results in reduced body fat, a healthier weight and waist circumference, and an optimal body mass index (BMI). And since women have lower levels of testosterone, they store fat more easily than men and may struggle to build muscle and burn excess fat. High testosterone levels in women, however, can lead to an increased risk for PCOS, type 2 diabetes, infertility, and obesity. Like most things in life, a healthy balance is key.
Furthermore, women have higher levels of estrogen. When estrogen levels begin to change and decline prior to perimenopause and menopause, weight management may become especially troublesome. Some other common reasons for estrogen imbalances include PCOS, anorexia, lactation, and extreme exercise.
In addition to hormones, metabolism differs between genders. Men are designed to metabolize and shed body fat at a quicker rate than women, which allows them to burn calories and slim down more easily. Lower metabolic rates, however, can make weight loss a challenge, even with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Fortunately, there are some things women (and men) can do to boost a slower metabolism and improve their overall health. These include:
If you’re still struggling to lose weight, feel your best, and reach your health and fitness goals, it may be worthwhile to experiment with several types of natural appetite suppressants. Natural appetite suppressants include fenugreek, hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), and glucomannan, or you can incorporate appetite-suppressing foods into your diet. These foods include almonds, avocado, apples, eggs, sweet potatoes, and tofu.
One of the best ways to increase your metabolism is to start a fitness routine. You can motivate yourself by working out with a partner or using a smartwatch to monitor your progress toward your goals. Also, new workout apparel like a comfortable bra or pair of leggings can help you feel inspired.
And yes, you can exercise after a heart procedure. The key is to ease into it. Clinical Exercise has the programs you need to work out in a safe, structured way with your cardiac situation in mind.
As unfair as it is, men tend to lose weight more quickly than women. However, this doesn’t mean women can’t — and won’t — lose weight if they address hormonal imbalances, eat well, keep stress levels down, and find an exercise routine that works for them. But whether male or female, every person is different as far as weight loss is concerned, and it’s best to avoid comparing one individual to another.
Note: This blog post was written by Sheila Johnson of www.wellsheila.net.