by Jessica Morens
As we know, we are not all equal when it comes to losing weight. Some have more facilities than others thanks to genetics. And men seem to find it easier than women to shed those extra pounds. explanations.
There are people who put in a lot of effort, go to the gym and eat a perfectly balanced food only to lose a few pounds… while others go on a really poor diet and don’t gain grams. Yes, this is unfair.
But this is revealed by a multinational study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. In fact, men and women will not react the same way when striving to lose weight. Men will have an easier time shedding those extra pounds.
Why do men lose weight more easily?
The team behind this study consists of Danish, Spanish and British researchers and studied the effects of a low-calorie diet on 2,500 overweight men and women with prediabetes. For eight weeks, each participant (from Europe, Australia, or New Zealand) was required to follow a reduced-calorie diet.
Several parameters, such as insulin resistance, fat rate, lean mass, or even BMI, can then be compared. Comparing measurements taken before and after the eight-week test, researchers found that men lost 16 percent more weight than women, despite following the same strict diet. In contrast, improvements in insulin resistance were similar.
This difference in weight loss could be caused by body composition, which is typically more muscle-dense in men, notes nutritionist and author Rania Batayneh in the New York Post. Men also tend to have more visceral fat, and losing belly fat will kick-start the metabolism, allowing the body to burn calories faster.
The study also found that the reductions in body fat and heart rate were greater in men. On the other hand, women had greater reductions in HDL, lean mass, and hip circumference.