Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Dose of Hateration: Damn Those Men!

Why Men Lose Faster than Women

Men Have Faster Metabolisms
Men are biologically programmed to have higher amounts of lean body mass, or muscle, than women. Lean body mass is the key factor that determines the rate of one's metabolism, the body's calorie-burning system. Since men have more muscle, their metabolisms are higher, and they burn more calories even when they're resting, so the final result is a more rapid weight loss.

How much faster are men's metabolisms than women's? Research has found that on average the metabolism of a man is 5 to 10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.1

Men Are More Active
Another reason men often lose weight faster then women is that they tend to be more physically active. In fact, a study reported in the American Journal of Physiology found that women burn an average of 16 percent fewer daily calories than men.2 The researchers looked into that difference, finding that the women's resting metabolic rate was 6 percent lower than that of men (e.g., a slower metabolism) and that the calories burned in physical activity was 37 percent lower than that of men. In other words, the women were simply not moving as much as the guys so were burning fewer calories.

This burns me up. I know it shouldn't. But I'm sure if you've ever dieted with a male friend or significant other and watched while he gets all svelte and sexy and you still look like a chunky monkey you know how I feel.

This is why there will never be a female Biggest Loser. I just don't think it's possible with men burning off more calories at a faster rate. I'm convinced that as long as the game is played the way it is it's just not going to happen.

This particular article doesn't mention it but others do that because women are the birthing ones of the species we keep a higher percentage of body fat which also makes it difficult for us to lose weight. ARRRRGH, I say.

But the more active thing we can work on. Even if men aren't athletes they still get out there and play ball or something physical in nature. Women aren't so inclined to do that. We sit around and And if you're like me and my friends, there is usually some food involved. LOL. So yeah...we gotta take responsibility for what we can.

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Nona said...

LOL!!! I know exactly how you feel because I feel the same way!!!

Years ago my honey decided he was going to clean up his eating. He is the tall lean type who has played lots of sports, particularly football i.e. soccer, all his life, but because of his job at the time he had stopped playing, was eating really badly and had developed a bit of a paunch.

He modified his eating habits and without additional exercise, dropped all the weight from his waist and was wearing his clothes from before he'd gained the belly.

I hate to admit that though I was happy for him, I was furious as well because I have to work really hard to lose even 1 lb. Urrrrr!!!

Tracy said...

That's ok! We still outlive them by 10 years!