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You Asked: Men Lose Faster Than Women?

You're asking and I'm answering . . .

"Dear Fit. I've been watching The Biggest Loser for the past few seasons and it seems like the men lose weight faster than women. Plus, any dieting couple will tell you that the man loses more weight than the woman. Why is that?"
- Confused Carla

I'm also a fan of The Biggest Loser and have noticed that the men are always losing faster and winning the show. As a woman, this is frustrating, but there is actually a science behind it. Simply put: most men naturally have higher amounts of lean body mass (or muscle) than women. More muscles means more calories burned, even while at rest. More calories burned means more weight loss. So when put head to head in the weight loss competition, the men typically come out on top because of biology. So there you have it. The plus side is that in the end, everyone is capable of being successful in their weight loss goals.


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isobelstevens isobelstevens 9 years
Yikes, how unfair!
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
This is why I don't watch that show. I saw one episode, and I knew a woman wasn't going to be able to win. Men also don't hit plateaus like women do--they lose more steadily. They have more muscle. The rules of the show are very much in their favor. I think there should be two separate competitions where men and women compete separately and one of each gender wins. I think it's stupid that they have yet to change it. It has to be so frustrating for the women, who are working out and eating side-by-side with the men, but lose out on the weigh-ins.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
3 days in one week, i mean. typed too fast
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I swear, my boyfriend could give up beer for 3 days week and his stomach would be flatter
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that's always been a HUGE frustration of mine - to see that men can lose faster - but then you have to remember taht you shoudln't just look at should look at the whole package. i know that it works in reality - but i like to see the pounds fall off just like anyone else
geohiker geohiker 9 years
it is frustrating; when my husband and I were dieting together he just dropped the weight off while I struggled over every pound! no fair! ;)
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I agree mimsical.. I bet that's the reason a woman has not won yet!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow well then it doesn't seem to be a very fair show then if the men already have on up on the women...
mimsical mimsical 9 years
This has always made me wonder why they don't have a separate female and male winner for the Biggest Loser. It has always struck me as a bit unfair that women have to compete against men even though men sort of have a biological advantage when it comes to weight loss.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
It's so true. My boyfriend and I will be on elliptical machines next to each other, on the same program and he's burning more calories than me. It used to be so frustrating! But I cover more distance than he does ;)
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Yep, I think the statistics are something like women naturally have 12% more body fat than men, for our reproductive organs. I read it in The Business Plan For The Body.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
:woohoo: I feel so lucky... :treadmill:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
So true! We need the fat to make babies (and carry tehm for 9 months)! Oh we are so lucky :P
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