Ah, the age old frustration, why can men just eat everything they want, drink everything they want, and not seem to be affected! But as a lady I can eat one bad meal and feel like I can see the difference in the morning?
Okay seeing a difference after one meal is probably just a figment of my imagination, but women having slower metabolisms than men is, very unfortunately, fact.
Did you know that men naturally have higher muscle mass than women? Muscle mass burns more calories than fat mass. So men burn more calories at rest, just by having more muscle than women.
This means, they also burn more calories during exercise! If a woman and man of the same stature worked out together, the man would still burn more calories! But the average man is 6 inches taller than the average woman, which means they will burn even more calories!!!
I know ladies it's so unfair right? But this is the way our biology works! So we can be bummed and frustrated about it time and time again when working out with our brothers, partners, fathers....the list goes on; or, we can see it coming, we can accept that we can't change our biology, but we can work with it.
Follow below for some ways that both males and females can work to burn more calories!
#1) Build More Muscle Mass
Both men and women are capable of building more muscle mass by adding some resistance training into their routine. With more muscle mass, comes faster metabolism.
#2) Control Your Calorie Balance
Be aware of your calorie balance! Your total daily calories burned is a combination of what you burn at rest (your BMR) and what you burn during activity. The total daily calories you consume includes everything you eat and drink.
To lose weight you must consume less calories than you burn. To maintain weight you must consume the same amount of calories daily burned. To gain weight you must consume more calories than you burn. Be wary of how much you are consuming if you have specific fitness goals.
Ladies it's most likely your male friend will be able to eat more than you, because they expend more calories throughout the day just by being taller, and having more natural muscle mass. So, don't just follow their eating habits, figure out what's appropriate for your size and calorie expenditure and goals and eat that.
#3) Eat healthier
Instead of cutting back on how much you eat to trim calories, make healthier choices! Most healthier foods are lower in calories anyways, and foods that are high in fiber like fruits and veggies take a longer time to digest because of the rigid cell wall characteristic of plants. Keeping you feeling fuller for longer, and able to sustain a lower calorie diet.
PK Fitness Program Coordinator, CPT