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Do Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women?

Updated on September 25, 2009

Men And Women Weight Loss

You've all probably seen the commercial of the cartoon woman and her husband, where she talks about them both dieting or switching something up and her husband turns into a twig while she only loses her breasts. It's exactly how I feel with my husband. After having two babies back to back and gaining about 80 pounds, I needed to lose weight. It made me so upset that he could sit there and eat brownies and cake and lose weight. I couldn't understand why. My mom told me about a study that she read where there were 20 women and 20 men put on the same exercise and diet plans. The men lost significantly more weight than the women did. So is this a myth or are we all the same. I have a hub about the Acai Berry diet that I am on and one of the comments was from a person saying that there are no magic pills and you just need to change your diet and count your calories. Needless to say, this was a man, and as he is correct, it wasn't working for me at all!.

Do men lose weight faster than women?

It isn't a myth. It is in fact easier for a man to lose weight than a women. Those reasons are muscle, estrogen, and exercise.


Men naturally have more lean muscle thanks to testosterone. Muscle eats fat and therefore, their muscles quickly eat fat. That is why my husband, who is in the military and very fit, can sit there and eat a huge chocolate cake all week and lose weight.


Estrogen tends to hold onto fat. Yay women! Estrogen does this so that it is easier to get pregnant and most of us by now know that our bodies are trying to get pregnant. A woman also has higher levels of estrogen for about a year after she gives birth. This would explain why it is so difficult for me to lose weight as my youngest is about to turn 5 months old. Those women with lower levels of estrogen tend to be the skinnier ones.

Just by the estrogen and testosterone, we are shown that women have to work harder to lose weight than men.


Men and women's bodies are built differently. The average man has larger lungs compared to the average woman. Therefore, for the exact same exercise, the woman may feel as if she is worker much harder than the man is and she will not reach as high of a capacity of a workout as he would. Men's bodies are also built in a way that allows them to run easier than women.

Another fact to consider. The more you diet, the more your body will actually hold onto fat. The best way to lose weight is to exercise and eat healthy.


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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Hmm although this sounds convincing. It certainly isn't true for my relationship! My boyfriend works out every day to maintain his muscles etc, and I hate physical exercise! I guess it's mostly dependent on genes and metabolism. Rated up!

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      purpleangel47 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I definitely disagree with dieting because the concept requires us to live against our nature. I've been able to lose weight by becoming a REAL vegetarian :) and exercising. But the process has moved like lava! The more I jog tho, the more weight I'm melting. Men have it easier but that's cool ... we women have cuter muscles!