Is it a myth that men can lose the pounds more easily than women or are they secretly just much better at sticking to a diet, a new report from Daily Mail has looked into the phenomenon.
Dr Sally Norton writes in the Daily Mail about the anecdotal evidence that men appear to be able to lose weight more quickly, and keep it off for longer than most women but she also looks at the science behind the rumour to see if it is actually true.
In the report Dr Norton cites a study that looked at a group of men and women who were all following a variety of different diet plans. Some of the plans being followed by members of the group included the Atkin’s diet, Weight-Watchers, slim-fast and Rosemary Conely.
While all the dieters were different and the plans were varied what became apparent in the study was that men were losing more weight than women and not only that, after two months the men had lost twice the amount that the women had lost, which then slowed for the following months.
Another review, also looking at dieting differences between the sexes found that when looking at 49 different studies that men again topped women when it came to losing weight on a diet, but this time the difference was not so great.
With the evidence piling up Dr Sally Nolan took it upon herself to look deeper into the question of losing weight as a man and a woman and found that basically it was down to a number of different factors.
“In the same way that weight-gain is due to many factors, weight-loss is influenced by many different factors too and these may affect men and women differently,” said Dr Nolan in the Daily Mail.
She firstly noted that men, on the whole, are bigger than women and followed this with: “And the bigger you are, the more energy you burn just by moving around or, even just by sitting on the sofa, doing nothing much more than existing.
“Their basal metabolic rate is greater and as basal metabolic rate accounts for about 70 per cent of the energy we burn every day, you can see why they may have a head start.
All they need to do is cut down their intake a bit, and their greater energy-burning capacity means quick results.”
Men also usually have more muscle than woman and this leads them to burn more energy which can lead to better weight loss results.
Among other reasons Dr Nolan also identified that on the whole women generally do the majority of the cooking in the home and this gives them “more time and opportunity to pick at the meals they are creating”, which can hinder weight loss.
There were numerous other factors that Dr Nolan believes plays a role in the success of men losing weight compared to women but while women may not be as successful at dieting there is no reason not to embark on a healthy lifestyle – after all good health is not a competition between the sexes!