Whoever created human beings has not made man and woman equal, no matter how much some people insist on emphasizing it. And one of the main differences lies in our body fat
On March 8, Women's Day, we could not not discuss the issue in the successful Wellness section of Vozpópuli. Because regardless of feminism, machismo and his holy mother, the truth is that men and women are not the same, even when it comes to losing weight.
Surely it has happened to you at some time: you and your partner follow the same diet, and one manages to lose weight faster and more easily than the other. And 'the other' is usually, almost always, the woman.
Why does this happen? Could we talk about a body gender gap? Well, it seems that it is, reader. And it's all due to our biological conditions, which are not similar at all.
The real gender gap is in the body: they lose weight faster
We can affirm without fear of being wrong, and regardless of ideologies, that the gender gap is, above all, corporal. Men are much more successful than women when it comes to losing weight. Why does this happen?
Men are much more successful than women when it comes to losing weight
They tend to have more lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories than body fat, even during rest. That is, they have a metabolism that works faster than that of women. This means that when men and women reduce the same amount of calories in order to lose weight, they are the ones who lose much more weight.
Of course: men lose weight faster and more but only at the beginning. "In the long term, everything becomes more equal," says nutritionist David Grotto, author of The Best Things You Can Eat.
Men are better at losing weight
This gap is not only reduced to diet, because with exercise the same thing happens. They tend to lose more body fat if they do not cut calories from their meals but do try to lose weight with sport.
Men tend to lose twice as much weight as women and lose up to three times more body fat doing the same exercise and the same diet as women, according to numerous studies, such as this one published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Men tend to lose twice the weight of women and lose up to three times more body fat doing the same exercise and the same diet as women
The researchers used more than 2,000 overweight and pre-diabetes adults from Europe, Australia and New Zealand for their study. For eight weeks, participants followed an 800-calorie, primarily liquid diet consisting of soups, smoothies, and cereals, plus a daily intake of 1.5 cups (375 grams) of low-calorie vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. At the end of eight weeks, men were found to lose more weight and faster than women.
The main difference between the sexes when it comes to losing weight
If you are a man, you can be thankful for the testosterone you have and the extra estrogen you don't have, as this is what gives you a huge advantage when it comes to losing weight compared to women.
On average, women have between six and 11 percent more body fat than men, especially subcutaneous, which is found around the thighs and hips, and which is very important for motherhood, since that helps during pregnancy.
For this evolutionary reason, and from puberty to menopause, women have more body fat on average than men, even when they eat fewer calories.
It should be noted in this regard that "fat" does not mean "insane". Women have more fat reserves but because it is part of their physiology, and it does not have to be linked to their having less health. And, of course, women also lose weight quickly, especially if they follow the right recommendations, the only thing that they do at a slower rate than them.
If you've ever watched a weight-loss commercial, you have been told over and over how easy it is to lose weight: just take this pill, follow that diet, or buy this piece of equipment, and everything will melt away like magic. Literally billions of dollars are spent each year on weight-loss products and services, and yet millions remain overweight.