Unfortunately a recent study has shown that if a woman wants to lose weight then they will need to work a lot harder to achieve their goal than a man.
This study undertaken at the University of Missouri involved 75 obese men and women, each with type 2 diabetes.
During the 16 week study, the group of volunteers were put through the same fitness program, and were asked to work out at around 66% of their own abilities.
At the conclusion of the trial the researchers noted that the men had become fitter and lost more weight on average than their female counterparts.
Dr Chris Easton, a lecturer in clinical exercise psychology at the University of West Scotland commented on the study published in the journal Metabolism.
“This adds to a growing body of evidence that men and women respond to exercise in different ways.”
“One main reason for this is body composition – men have a higher proportion of muscle of women – and muscle has a higher metabolic rate than fat.”
“This is crucially important as it means that even when they are resting, men burn more calories than women. This indicates that women really have to look at their diet as well as exercise, whereas men may be able to get by on exercise alone.”
Dr Easton concluded that for a woman to see the same results as a man then they would need to work out at 85% rather than 65%. Essentially having to work out harder and longer to see the same benefits of exercise.
Why do men see more benefits from exercise?
As mentioned above by Dr Easton himself, men tend to have a higher proportion of muscle to fat so burn more calories while resting.
Men also have larger hearts and lungs so are able to carry more oxygen and therefore haemoglobin around the body than women.
Women, no need to give up
Just because a man may find it easier to get in shape does not mean that it is impossible for you to see the results you wish for.
We are all different so even if it takes that little bit longer you can still achieve your goals if you are willing to put the work in.
Eat healthily and get regular exercise and you will soon start to see results.