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Why Do Guys Lose Weight Faster Than Girls?

By Cat North ; Updated July 18, 2017

Men and women typically lose weight at different rates because of physiological disparities. Men’s bodies are usually bigger and contain more muscle, and they tend to burn fat quicker due to these factors. Although a woman cannot change her body enough to burn calories equal to those burned by a man, she can encourage her metabolism by increasing muscle mass. Start with understanding exactly why guys lose weight faster than girls.

Men and Size

Because men are generally larger and typically weigh more, they tend to burn more calories and lose weight faster. This also applies to shorter, obese exercisers. For example, a person weighing 155 lbs. can burn approximately 596 calories per hour jogging at 5 miles per hour, but a person weighing 185 lbs. can burn about 710 calories per hour jogging at the same speed. Whether you weigh more because of height or extra pounds, you naturally burn more calories during any activity. Men not only burn more calories due to size but also because of extra muscle, which is denser than fat. Compared to women, men naturally have a higher muscle-to-fat ratio.

Men and Muscle

As a woman, you cannot change your size by increasing height, but you can increase the size of your muscles and change the fat-to-muscle ratio of your body via diet, exercise and strength training for a leaner look. Muscle naturally burns more calories than fat, even while at rest. Because men have a higher muscle-to-fat ratio, they automatically burn more calories and build muscle easier. Guys also build muscle easier than girls due to natural male hormones, such as testosterone, produced in their bodies. However, by exercising more and including strength training in your daily workout routine, you can build more muscle tissue, whether you’re a woman or a man -- except that women don’t build muscle as quickly. With more muscle mass throughout your body, you can more easily lose weight.

Muscle Building

If you want to build muscle, you can include any variety of strength training in your regular workout routines. These include exercises using your own body weight such as situps and pushups, free-weight lifting or machine-weight training. As you build muscle, you tend to start losing weight faster since muscles burn more calories. You can also build certain muscle groups with aerobic exercise, especially lower-body muscles.

Burning Calories

Performing regular cardio, or aerobic, exercise will naturally help you burn calories. You tend to build more lower-body muscle strength with aerobics, such as jogging, hiking, swimming and aerobic dance, but you also use up more energy, which converts to calories burned, while performing aerobics. Guys lose weight faster than girls with this type of exercise also because they carry more muscle. However, with the right exercise program, women can build sufficient strength and endurance, and they can regularly burn calories to lose weight and keep it off.

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