Skip Nav
Calorie Breakdowns
8 Exciting Oatmeal Flavor Combos — All Under 400 Calories
4 Things You Should Be Doing to Lose Weight This Summer
New Year
10 Weight-Loss Rules That Work

Venus and Mars: We Even Diet Differently

I don't need to tell you that men and women do things differently in almost everything they do, even dieting. It's the age old tale: You say, "Tomato." He says, "Does that come fried?"

Funny but true (at least in my house), so here are the differences in more detail:

Women: Swimsuit season, weddings, family and class reunions, holiday parties and other events that put them in the spotlight.
Men: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated blood lipids, sleep apnea and back or joint pain
Estimating weight status-
Women: Quick to realize she's overweight
Men: Usually underestimate amount of weight he needs to lose
Weight-loss vernacular-
Women: "Diet"
Men: "Get in shape"
History of dieting-
Women: Lots, a variety of approaches and failures
Men: Not much, so more confident of success
Knowledge about dieting-
Women: Knowledgeable about nutrition, diet and weight-loss news
Men: Lacks basic knowledge about science of food and weight loss
Women: Beneficial to weight loss, but avoidable
Men: Expected component of weight-loss success
Overall approach to weight loss-
Women: Quick to initiate, but prone to stop and start
Men: Serious, disciplined, structured

Noticed anymore differences between men and women and the way we approach dieting and exercise? Share them below.


Join The Conversation
jill37 jill37 9 years
My ex was quite overweight, and when he wanted to "get in shape," he would POUR olive oil on everything because it was "healthy." I know olive oil is wonderful, but I think men have a harder time with the idea of portions.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Now I understand...
MissLee82 MissLee82 9 years
too funny and oh so true!
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
Quite true.
trish0683 trish0683 9 years
Those are all so true! Guys might be more successful because they don't call it a "diet" and they are motivated by health rather than looks. I definitely agree with guys not knowing much about nutrition! They think if they start exercising, it won't matter what they eat.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 9 years
The difference between me and my husband: I watch what I eat. He doesn't. But he's 5'10", 130 lbs. A thin, sexy guy. I'm 5'2", 120 lbs. I don't need to lose weight but I want to eat healthier. I'm waiting until he goes on tour again to start the first phase of South Beach. I've read about a lot of diets and this one seems most practical for someone with my goals.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I see most of those as being true, with me and my husband at least. Even though I enjoy going to the gym and he doesn't because he pushes himself too much and I don't so I feel better after and he doesn't.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
Foods we cut out: Women: sweets and chocolate Men: snacks and potato chips :P
badhabit badhabit 9 years
Seriously. My husband and I are trying to lose weight. Last week we met some friends for brunch and he ordered french toast with a side of pancakes (no joke). I got a salad. He lost 2 pounds that week and I didn't lose any. Not fair!
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 9 years
Men: give up beer for a week, lose five pounds. So aggravating! The boyfriend eats whatever he wants, runs a few miles ever other day and never gains weight. At least if we ever have kids, they've got a 50/50 chance of getting his metabolism.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Periodically my boyfriend will resolve to go to the gym every day, eat properly (he is gluten, lactose, soya, corn and sugar intolerant!) and look after himself. This usually falls over as soon as he gets a chocolate bar for his dinner. =)
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Lol, some of these made me laugh! I agree!
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Wow...unsurprisingly all true. Men really shouldn't tsk at what they call a diet (on us, ladies) when they do the same thing. As in "Getting in shape" or "Working out".
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
lol how funny and interesting
megafie megafie 9 years
My bf doesn't look at the gym as a chore - which I certainly do!
arrhythmia arrhythmia 9 years
Self-restraint Women: Controlled by images of cellulite and pudge sticking out of bathing suits Men: Mmmm... cookies...
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
haha I think my favorite for guys was "lacks basic knowledge of science of food" true!!
cwalker3 cwalker3 9 years
WOMEN: Tend to give up if the results are not fast. MEN: Once he gets some praise will usually keep going.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
This isn't true of me! seems women are more likely to go for the "quick fix" because their intentions are to look good for a certain occasion rather than to lose weight for their health. But, I swear...I do pilates, run, and lift weights on a regular basis (and have lost 19 pounds so far :)) so....ha!
Before-and-After Weight Loss: Jennifer
Memoirs By Women Out in 2017
Common Myths About Men
Things That Women Appreciate
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds