So why is it that I work twice as hard at exercising as my husband and eat much less and he can lose twice as much weight in a shorter amount of time?
Although I am truly happy for him that he’s lost a few pounds, deep down it kind of makes me angry and sad…and a little disappointed. I work my little (okay, it’s not that little) tushy off and he hardly moves a muscle. It’s so not fair. But, I may have found out why.
I was searching on the WW (Weight Watchers) Web site awhile back and found an article titled, "Why men lose faster than women." So, it is true!
The article stated that men have two weight loss advantages over women – their body composition and the fact that men tend to be more active. What? Are you kidding me? More active? I completely disagree on that. In a month’s time, I exercised twice as many days as my husband and for twice as long. He usually exercises for 30 minutes at a time and I usually do about an hour. We have a Wii Fit and that keeps track of how many days you exercise and how many hours you exercise. I totally smoked him! Yes, there is a little bit of competitiveness between us. Well, on my end anyway!
Because men are able to burn more calories at a faster rate while they are resting and they burn more calories while they are active, this apparently translates into faster weight loss for guys. Whatever! It’s so not fair. Men have it so easy.
I also read, however, that women have a little bit of an edge when it comes to diet and exercise – we tend to more attentive to what’s going on with our weight…as in we can tell when our clothes are too tight and we maybe shouldn’t have eaten that whole container of ice cream. The article also said that women are better able to make the connection between food and emotions. Oh, I get it. Emotions and food. When I am happy, I eat. When I am sad, I eat. When I am moody, I eat. When I am frustrated, I eat. When I am bored, I eat. Yep, I get it….no matter what emotion I am feeling, I connect by eating. I guess that makes sense.
So after reading the entire article, I wasn’t feeling the best. A few days later, my husband comes to me with a newspaper article, "Is is easier for men to avoid tempting food?" Are you serious? I give up! I didn’t even read it….yet.