Amanda Pendolino
September 11, 2013

Study Explains Why Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women

“Oh, I just stopped drinking a liter of Mountain Dew every day and I lost 30 pounds!”

“Shut up! I hate you! I haven’t had a regular soda since 1997!”

The above is a common exchange I have with men who tell me they’ve just lost weight. (Hint: The guys are the ones giving up the questionable Mountain Dew habit.) Why are guys able to lose weight so easily?

New research from Slimming World points out some obvious factors, and some less obvious ones. First, men have more muscle mass – so they burn calories faster. They also weigh more and require more calories in the first place.

But it’s not all physical; women make more of an emotional connection with food than men do, and are more likely to eat for comfort when things go wrong in their lives.

‘Women more typically want a deeper level of emotional support to uncover their issues around food and to help them take back control over their choices in what can be a difficult and persuasive food environment, and they’re more likely to tell us that stressful or emotional events in their life sabotage their slimming,” says Dr. Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World’s head of nutrition and research.


She also says that men are more solutions-based, so they won’t struggle as much once they’ve made a decision to lose weight. “It’s important not to categorize men and women too rigidly, though,” she cautioned. “Every individual – man or woman – is different.”

Do you think these findings are right? I definitely order fried rice and reach for the tub of ice cream when I’m feeling stressed. Why must our genes be against us, ladies?