Maybe your husband has the emotional depth of a canned ham, and Dante has to come up with a whole new circle of hell to keep his evil-smelling socks, but you can forgive him for that stuff. Mostly. But what you can not forgive him is how quickly he loses body fat compared to you.
His idea of dieting is to pass on the third portion of lasagna and lazily run around on the exercise bike while reading a page of a new Clive Cussler book. Sure, he'll lose five pounds by Tuesday.
But you? Ha! You spend every lunch break lifting Laboratory Day with weights and driving away on the NordicTrack Skimachine and, if anything, your bra cups have gotten bigger. You even think about naming them.
That's no reason to kill your husband. Not really. That's not his fault. It's just that women have certain disadvantages when losing weight. That does not mean that there are no ways to overcome them. But first of all, you need to know what you are facing.
Women respond differently to exercise
Endocrinologist Gregory Henderson described three main differences in the way exercise affects women's metabolic rate:
- Women's fat cells release less fat into the bloodstream during exercise as men.
- Exercise has a stronger effect on the oxidation of resting fuel (fat) in men than in women.
- Exercise will inhibit the triglyceride response to foods more in males than in females.
Add all that and you understand why men seem to benefit more than women from exercise, at least metabolically.
More bad news?
That's not all, but it could be a wash because this particular metabolic difference is better for women in a way and better for men in other ways. It seems (at least in rodent models) that when women gain fat, they tend to gain subcutaneous fat while men tend to gain visceral fat.
That is, women tend to get fat directly under the skin. where it might be more noticeable in a bikini, whereas men tend to store fat around their organs where this is not so noticeable.
Of course, the subcutaneous fat is "healthy" fat, while the visceral fat is not & # 39; t. All of this extra fat could make you feel sorry for yourself, but its extra fat could kill it, so you might still seek revenge.
Unfortunately, (when you thought you had finally won a victory over the bastard In this category, it turns out that the subcutaneous fat is harder to lose than the visceral fat.) Sorry.
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- Henderson GC1, "Sexual dimorphism in the effects of exercise on the metabolism of lipids in support of metabolism at rest" , Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 7, 5: 162,
- "Men are different, including women, even when it comes to the metabolic effects of exercise" | Plus, differences make female 2-hour cardio sessions even more senseless, "Suppversity," September 30, 2014.