Losing weight is not as easy for some. The daily calories recommendation and the science of weight loss for women and men are different.
As a society, we’ve come far when it comes to achieving gender equality. Yet, there remain some issues such that seem destined to remain unchanged. Losing weight seems easy enough as in theory, as all you have to do is to ensure that what you put in is not more than what you expend. This process is aided by the mathematics of calorie counting.
But truth be told, gender plays a role as well.
I am woman. Hear me groan.
Based on the US dietary recommendation, daily intake of calories for a woman should be between 1,600 to 2,000 calories and 2,500 calories for a man.
So in the pursuit of attaining your desired or ideal weight, you’ve made a conscientious effort to cut back on the sweet treats and other unhealthy bits. The weighing scale, however, is unmoved, literally, by your dedication and commitment.
Your other half, on the other hand, is shedding those extra kilos seemingly with ease! Here’s why.
Hormones effect: Weight loss for women and men
Men have more muscle mass and less fats than women. In turn, this has a direct impact on metabolism. This is why menfolk have it easier when it comes to burning fats and calories.
Apart from different body compositions, hormones are also stumbling blocks when it comes to weight loss for women. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle exponentially increase the metabolic rate and often, this leads to overeating.
Exercise is viewed as a good thing but the activity increases the hormone Ghrelin which stimulates hunger and appetite.
Losing weight the healthy way
To lose weight effectively and healthily does not involve increasing your exercise activities and cutting back dramatically on your food; your goals have to be realistic. If you want to lose 2-4kg then you should expect to lose about 0.5kg per week and if your goal is to lose 10-30kg then a loss of 1kg per week is the healthy way to go for long-term sustainable success.
Always remember that the key is 80% diet and 20% exercise.
The journey of weight loss for women can indeed at times be confusing and disheartening but having a comprehensive understanding of your body is one of the key factors in ensuring success.
Don’t shock your body with the latest crash diets and fitness fad. It’s always advisable to seek professional help from your doctor which is a step towards the right path of losing weight the healthy way.