Women are different than men. We know that. But beyond the obvious physical differences, did you know that women process food differently than men? Women also produce hormones differently than men, which affects how we store fat and lose weight.
Any woman who has tried to lose weight with a male counterpoint can tell you how frustrating it is to watch their partner seem to shed pounds with ease while she works just as hard with much slower results. According to Staness Jonekos, author of “Eat Like a Woman“, this is at least partly due to the fact that women naturally make more cortisol, a hormone that is associated with increased belly fat.
Using gender-based data to identify weight-loss problems women encounter, Jonekos worked with Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, a sex and gender expert at the Laura W. Bush Institute of Women’s Health, to find ways for women to rework their nutrition for better physical and emotional well-being.
Jonekos says that women make less serotonin than men, so they’re two to three times more likely to suffer from depression. On top of that, tryptophan, which synthesizes serotonin, is absorbed better by men than women.
And the hits keep coming! Jonekos adds that women make more fat than men, are born with more fat, and women’s fat cells are five times larger than a man’s. Women store fat differently and digest fat differently.
Women even digest carbs and fats before their metabolism gets to proteins. And, because of their deeper limbic systems, women are more often emotional eaters.
All of this seems to add up to an unfairly stacked weight loss deck, but there are some things women can do to help beat our biology:
Get exercise and activity daily. Even walking a dog or standing up at your desk are said to help burn calories.
Eat low- to medium-glycemic carbs. A piece of whole wheat toast, oatmeal, or quinoa can balance blood sugar.
Eat eggs and poultry to boost serotonin instead of reaching for a sugary treat. These are high in tryptophan, which synthesizes serotonin (mood booster).
Eat dark chocolate!! 70% cocoa has lots of health benefits—anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, reduces stress hormones, and more!
For more tips on how to work with your own body chemistry to increase your weight loss results ask your Genetix Program Coach. Our team of doctors, certified coaches/trainers and nutritionists can help you make healthier lifestyle choices through daily phone coaching. You can do it and we can help!