Really? Have you looked at my ass lately? It says different.
This reoccurring conversation, which we had AGAIN this weekend, led me to the question why? Why is it sssoooo easy for them to lose weight and so hard for us? I am sad to report back that…well…my husband is half right. Dear god, did I just type those words for all the world to see? Yes. Yes I did. Here is what I learned after a quick, highly unscientific, and totally depressing search of the internet.
First, men have more muscle than women. We naturally have more fat on our bodies for various physiological reasons but mostly because WE ARE THE GIVERS OF LIFE! That’s right they plant the seed but we make it happen. As a result we get a little extra padding and a slower metabolism.
Second, men are more active. What? I feel like I go all day long! Well, studies show that they tend to move more and do more. They also tend to weight lift and do interval training. All of that means they burn fat and calories more readily than women. (Yes, this is where my hubby is right…damn that kills me!)
Now here is the result…we just have to live more like men. We have to get up and move more. We have to do more manly exercise. No I don’t mean become a body builder, but strength training is a more efficient fat burner than cardio alone. Keep making good diet choices and eventually you will start to lose weight and hopefully speed up that metabolism. So, I guess I am going to have to get my butt up off the couch a little more often and maybe try a nice walk at work during the day on top of my regular exercise program to help get things moving.
Weight Management: Men vs Women
Why Men Lose Faster than Women http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=37981&sc=801
The Guys' Guide to Dieting
Weight-Loss Wars: Men vs. Women