Is it really hard for women to lose weight, and if yes, what should they do?
Many women feel that they have a hard time shedding those extra kilos, whereas a man can skip a coffee and lose 5 pounds. Here are reasons why this happens:
- Women adapt to calorie restriction quicker than men. In addition, because of evolutionary purposes, women have a more vital defence mechanism against starvation for reproductive purposes.
- Women have much lesser Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), and 24 hours energy expenditure for the same amount of activity.
- Women also burn much lesser fat for energy than males and tend to store most dietary fat as fat.
- Females carry approximately 10-12% total body fat and about 5% less total muscles mass than men. So, a man of the same height and weight as that of a woman would look comparatively leaner.
Despite so many obstacles, how can women make their progress better?
- Eat right! Many women go on a large calorie deficit to lose weight quickly. This might help in a short period of time, but this won’t show results in the long run.
- Females must not just diet but exercise as well.
- Taking advantage of diet-induced thermogenesis can be beneficial. This can be done by increasing protein intake, which has the highest thermic effect on food.