Why is it that men stop drinking soda water for a week and it looks like they’ve dropped 10 pounds. Do men really lose faster than woman, or is it just an optical illusion?
Turns out, it’s a little of both. We dug through the research and questioned the experts to bring you the 5 fascinating (and only slightly depressing) reasons why guys really do trim down faster.
1. Men have more lean fat-burning muscle.
Men have more muscle, especially in the upper body, and since muscle burns more calories than fat, men have a faster metabolism, 5 to 10% faster to be exact. You can blame (or thank!) testosterone for the double standard.
Testosterone is a powerful hormone, and men have approximately 10 times more of it than women do. Testosterone increases protein synthesis and lean body mass, which will then increase your resting metabolic rate. Meaning, guys will be burning more calories all day.
2. Evolution tells women to “hold onto those curves!”
Estrogen has its perks, but it’s not doing women favors on the weight loss front. Not only do women have a higher percentage of body fat than men, usually 6 to 11% more, but researchers at the University of New South Wales found that estrogen reduces women’s ability to burn energy after eating. Meaning, we’re better at holding onto that fat, too.
3. Women are literally hard-wired to crave cupcakes.
Unfortunately, when it comes to emotional eating women win. When primed with the sight and smell of pizza and cake, men are much better at turning off their cravings while women fixated on their favorite foods, even after being told to think of something else.
Other research suggests that women are more likely to eat in response to stress, while men are more likely to turn to alcohol.
4. Even if men don’t lose more weight, it looks like they do.
Fat distribution differs greatly between the sexes. While women often gain fat on the butt and hips, men tend to carry excess weight around the abdomen, where it’s more noticeably lost when they trim down.