Losing weight is not always an equal opportunity activity
In the never ending battle of the sexes between men and women there seems to be one area that men consistently have the advantage. When it comes to losing weight it seems like men have a much easier time than women. Men get to just pig out on whatever they want, do a couple crunches, and shed pounds. Meanwhile you’re counting calories and hitting the gym every day and still gaining weight. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it sure can feel like it sometime. Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy. Men do have an easier time losing weight than women. It’s not just one thing either. As it turns out several factors in your life make it harder for you to lose weight.
For starters women’s body types are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to losing weight. For the most part, men tend to have more muscle mass than women. More muscle mass means a higher resting metabolism, a higher resting metabolism results in more calories burned. What that means is that men burn more calories just sitting around the house. It’s like they’ve been given a head start in the race to a slimmer waistline.
Women do eat differently
But, it’s not just your body that’s working against you. Turns out that your brain is also messing with your ability to lose weight to. Several studies have shown that women have a more emotional attachment to food than men. When you are stressed out you eat. When you are feeling sad you eat. When you are feeling lonely you eat. Women tend to fill more emotional holes with food. That’s why sticking to a diet is harder for women. Stress eating is just a bigger issue for women than it is for men.
It’s not just how you eat that is hurting you though; it’s also what you eat. Maybe it’s a macho thing or maybe it’s just personal tastes but men’s preference for food tends to lean more towards meat. Women, on the other hand, have a preference for foods loaded with carbohydrates. And, when it comes to trying to lose weight, carbohydrates are public enemy number one.
Women usually choose what will be eaten in the household
If all of that wasn’t bad enough, the cherry on top is that your lifestyle is working against you too. While more women than ever are having careers and working outside of the house they are still the primary homemakers and cookers in the household. If you are a woman living in the average household than you are doing the cooking and grocery shopping, taking care of any little ones, and planning meals. That gives you a lot of opportunities to cheat a bit. Without even realizing it you’re probably nibbling and grazing throughout the day while cooking or coming back from the store. Your snacking may not seem like a lot, but throughout the course of the day all that snacking can really start to add up. More calories, more carbs, more weight gain.
So, there you have it women of the world. It’s not in your head or just some excuse. You do in fact have a much harder time losing weight and keeping it off than men do. Your body, mind, and lifestyle combine to form the perfect storm out to stop you from losing weight. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Losing weight is a matter of making lifestyle changes. Smarter choices and willpower will help you reach your weight loss goals. But, now you know what to look for. There might be small land mines waiting around every corner to trip you up on your journey to a slimmer, healthier you but you have the knowledge to avoid them all. Use this knowledge to avoid these pitfalls and you will reach your weight loss goals in no time.
Let Terin’s help you get on a more equal footing with men
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Life style change and Terin’s The Essential Weigh can put you on a more equal footing with men when it comes to losing weight.