You’ve heard it before: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.At least that’s how the popular relationship book tried to explain the reasons men and women often appear to communicate, behave, and express emotion differently.But are men and women really so different when it comes to weight loss?
“Yes. But I think the differences were bigger historically, and the way men and women approach weight loss is more similar to each other now than it was a decade ago,” Dr. Rekha B. Kumar, medical director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, told Healthline.She says the differences are narrowing due to the obesity epidemic in the United States and an increase in diabetes.
“In the past, women were more focused on weight loss and being thin, potentially due to social [and] cultural pressures more so than health concerns. And men were more focused on building muscle and taking supplements that they thought could enhance their muscle,” Kumar said. “Now, everyone is more focused on reducing fat mass and being lean.”Still, some differences between the sexes do exist.