I was reading this article for some reason, (can’t remember what I was looking for at the time), It’s Harder For Women To Lose Weight. I’m not a woman so I’m going to delve into this from my male point of view. I could be wrong but here goes anyway. I think it’s harder for women to lose weight. I’m speaking in general terms and I understand there will be exceptions to every rule, but that’s what I think. Why would I think this? Well they’ve got a couple reasons in that article above:
- Women have to do about 20% more exercise to get the same benefits.
- And while exercise alone might be enough for men to lose weight, women also have to look at their diet to get the same results.
- Experts say body composition such as muscle mass and hormones to blame.
The story says that scientists at the University of Missouri put men and women on the same fitness program and found men always did better as far as weight loss went. They’re saying that exercise alone might be good enough for a man but it’s not good enough for a woman who must also worry about her diet to lose weight.
It’s a pretty interesting article. It goes back to basics suggesting that because the male body is more ulititarian then the female body it responds better to exercise and diet. This means men can burn more calories then women even when at rest.
There was one part where the researcher said a man working 65 per cent effort would require a woman to work at 85 per cent to have the equivalent output or results. I’m not saying that’s my opinion, it’s what I read in the article only. I haven’t done any research and am not sure I believe that to be honest.
The article goes onto say that men naturally have this advantage because they have larger hearts and lungs along with a higher proportion of hemoglobin. (Hemoglobin or Haemoglobin is the part of the blood that carries oxygen around the body which is very useful when exercising). (On a side note, I had some blood work done and my count was 169! The nurse said that was very high, I like to joke that I have “super blood”.)
So what is the best way for women to lose weight?
I think the best way is to lift weights, do cardio and eat properly. Lifting weights temporarily raises the level of testosterone and growth hormones which in turn, burn more fat. Hormones are a big part of your metabolism. Women naturally have slower metabolisms because they tend to store fat instead of burning it due to lower testosterone levels.
Lifting weights is not going to make you big and bulky. But that’s another post for another day!