There are many things that make men and women different physiologically, and the fact that we carry and metabolize fat differently is no surprise. Although these differences can be frustrating and puzzling for some, no gender has the upper hand in this situation. It’s just that our bodies were designed differently, and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more.
Celebrating Our Differences
It’s safe to say that the hormones our bodies come with have a great deal to do with these differences. Looking even deeper than this, our differences come from the genes imprinted on our DNA, genes that have been passed down from ancestors over thousands of years.
So, what does all this mean in the long run? Well, for the women reading, it may mean coming to peace with 18-20% body fat. You are naturally made to carry more fat, and to carry it in a healthy, happy way—even when the kids are grown and gone. If you really want to lose it, forget the diets and denial programs. Eat a wholesome, healthy diet and go for the gym instead.
And for men in the audience, you might be thanking your lucky stars that you were born without a body that’s constantly preparing itself for the miracle of childbirth. But the tendency to store more visceral fat means that men should be especially careful to eat a wholesome, balanced diet and have regular doctor visits to make sure blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are at healthy levels.
Instead of comparing ourselves, we can celebrate our differences and take mindful steps to stay healthy and active.