Why It's More Difficult for Women to Lose Weight

There are many wonderful physical distinctions that separate men and women, but some might be considered more of an inequality. Such is the case when it comes to losing weight or carrying weight, the first of which women find more difficult, and the second more easy. The end result? A woman’s battle against extra weight can be a much harder fight than a man’s.

At the Center for Gynecology & Restorative Medicine, we understand the issues that face the fairer sex because we specialize in women’s health. It’s with this knowledge and experience that we help women in Coral Gables, Florida, lose weight and keep it off, despite the uphill battle their bodies create.

If you’d like to understand why it’s harder for women to lose weight than men, read on.

Beyond the numbers

Traditional weight loss methods have largely boiled down to one thing: burn more calories than you take in. While there’s some hard-to-argue logic in this approach for both men and women, there are other factors that need to be considered, starting with the biological differences that govern body size.

The two Ms

One of the biggest differences between men and women boils down to muscles and metabolism. Men are hormonally inclined toward more muscle mass, and since muscle burns calories faster, men usually have higher metabolism rates — by as much 3-10% — making weight loss easier.

Adding fuel to this uneven fire is the fact that men tend more toward muscle-building activities, while women shy away from weight-lifting for fear of bulking up. (This isn’t the case, but that’s a story for another blog.) The bottom line is that both biologically and behaviorally, women fall short on muscle and metabolism, leaving them at a disadvantage when it comes to losing weight.

Born to breed

One of the biggest problems for women is that their bodies are governed by reproductive hormones in many ways. Women are biologically driven to bring new life into the world, so the female body is concerned with two lives, rather than one. This is why women’s bodies stubbornly hold onto fat, making it harder for them to reduce their fat reserves.

A woman’s hormone levels also fluctuate more wildly, which causes them to eat more at certain times of their menstrual cycles. When estrogen levels begin to dip after menstruation and progesterone levels rise, women often eat more calories which can lead to weight gain.

When it comes time for menopause, the sudden and permanent decrease in estrogen levels also wreaks havoc on a woman’s ability to lose weight.

Different wiring

There’s mounting evidence that men and women have different wiring when it comes to food. To start, the hormones that control whether you’re hungry or full (ghrelin and leptin, respectively) behave differently in men and women. As well, women tend to turn more to emotional eating than men, seeking solace in sugary and salty sweets that light up the pleasure centers of their brains.

Between the different hormone levels and wiring, women end up eating food when they shouldn’t, as well as more foods that they shouldn’t eat.

The go-around

Because we understand the hurdles when it comes to losing weight, we can design a program that works best for you. To help you knock off the pounds, Dr. Stark provides guidance for your unique situation, whether you need to eat more protein, add weight training to your routine, or tackle emotional eating. And she can also help you keep the weight off through continued support. This comprehensive approach helps you bypass the roadblocks that your body puts up for effective weight loss.

To get started on your weight loss, please give us a call or use the online booking tool on this website to schedule your appointment.

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