Do Men Need More Calories Than Women?

It doesn’t seem quite fair to women. If a woman and her husband start a diet simultaneously, her husband will often lose more weight. He may even eat more and get less exercise, and still lose the same amount or more. That’s because men need more calories than women each day for several reasons. Men normally weigh more initially. The bigger and heavier you are, the more weight you’ll lose. It takes more calories to carry a 200-pound body around than it does to carry one weighing 110 pounds.

Check the averages.

There’s no simple way to calculate the precise number of calories you burn. There are sophisticated, time-consuming ways, but for most people, it’s all about using an average and estimating your activity level. The average male between 19 and 20 requires 2600 to 2800 calories daily, while the average woman only requires 2000 to 2200 calories daily. If a woman eats the exact amount of each food her husband does, and he eats an average of 2600 calories, even if she’s active, she’ll eat 400 excess calories a day. Since it takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound and an excess of 3500 to gain one, every 8.75 days she would gain a pound.

It’s about muscle mass.

Men have more muscle tissue, which increases their resting metabolism. The average American male has 75-86% muscle tissue, but it’s 69-76% for women. Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does. Due to hormones, women have more fat tissue, and men have more muscle tissue. That means they burn more calories 24/7. That makes weight loss easier.

Men have a larger body.

Men have a larger skeletal size and more bone density than women. Because of bigger, heavier bones, they can weigh more without being overweight. It’s why calculating BMI is different for men than it is for women. They can carry more weight without being overweight. Testosterone, a hormone higher in men, increases HGH and builds muscle size and strength. The more muscle mass a person has, the higher their metabolism. Testosterone increases bone density, too.

  • Men normally weigh more when they start weight loss programs, so their body requires more calories to maintain that weight. It’s another reason men lose weight faster than women do.
  • The more active you are, the more calories you burn. If you’re lifting heavy things, it burns tons of calories, just like strength training does. Men tend to be the furniture movers in the household.
  • The older you are, the harder it is to lose weight. At about the age of 30. people start to lose muscle mass. The less muscle mass you have, the fewer calories you burn.
  • An exercise program helps you lose weight faster and provides other benefits. It makes you look more youthful, extends your life, and gives you energy. It also reduces the risk of life-altering health conditions.

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