Q: "Why do men lose weight faster than women? Any tips on how I can lose weight more quickly?"
R. Brown (Mascot, NSW)
A: Men find it easier to shed weight for a couple of reasons. Firstly, their body composition has a higher percentage of lean muscle and less fat than women. This means they have a higher metabolic rate and so burn off kilojoules faster.
The other reason is psychology. Many men have little emotional attachment to food. To them, it’s just a means of fuel, not an emotional crutch to turn to when they need a little comfort. Once they have the right information, it’s easier for men to cut back on junk food.
As for losing weight faster, keep in mind that fast weight loss often means fast regain, typical of a quickie diet or detox. It’s better to lose the excess weight slowly and permanently. Having said that, if you’re finding your weight loss is slowing, check what you’re drinking – juice, fizzy drinks, smoothies and, above all, alcohol represent kilojoules in easy-to-over-consume form. You can slow your weight loss if you’re taking in too many of these. Drink plenty of water instead – it will also help you feel fuller!
Keep a food diary (including a weekend day) to track everything that goes in. You may be surprised at the biscuit eaten while waiting for the kettle to boil, the packet of crisps munched in the car on the way home, or the chocolate eaten in front of the TV. It’s easy to forget these little morsels but they can mean the difference between weight loss or weight plateaus.