Why does it seem easier for men to lose weight? It may be all in our heads.
1. Women simply obsess about food more. According to a recent survey, “25% of women think about food every half-hour, only 10% think about sex that often. When it comes to men, 5% think about sex once a minute and 36% find their minds wandering to it every 30 minutes.”
2. Women tend to relate emotionally to food while men do not. The book Conquering Heart Attack & Stroke references a brain-scan study in which “researchers flashed tempting foods in front of men and women who hadn’t eaten for a day, then told them to fight their hunger. The men’s brains showed far less activity in areas of emotional regulation, memory, and motivation than the women’s – as if men were more easily able to ‘switch off’ their cravings for favorite foods, which included fried chicken, lasagna, ice cream, and pizza.”
Source: Conquering Heart Attack & Stroke
3. To top it all off, men also have faster metabolisms. According to Weight Watchers, “Research has found that on average the metabolism of a man is 5 to 10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.”
Source: Weight Watchers
Advice: “If you are trying to lose weight and you have just had a difficult day at the office, don’t walk home past a bakery.”