One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions amongst men and women is to lose weight and tone up. We all start the year afresh with great ideals of spending time at the gym and looking after our bodies, but in reality come 15th January (the day tipped most likely that people will fall off the diet wagon) we ditch the resolutions and head for the chocolate cupboard! According to a recent poll by Nutracheck.co.uk, however men stick to their weight loss resolutions more than women and have greater success in achieving their weight loss objectives, hence making men the biggest losers.
Men are more likely to comply with keeping a food and exercise diary, which helps them to lose more weight than women. Men are twice as likely to use an online and App diet system like Nutracheck than attend a weight loss club, and also likely to stay registered for longer than women. Men also lost a greater percentage of their body weight than women – 5.9% v 4.6% (comparing over an average of 1,000 food diary entries).
Nutracheck’s nutritionist Janet Aylott believes there are several reasons why men are more likely to triumph in the weight loss stakes, “It’s probably no real surprise that men are more successful when it comes to the battle of weight loss. Men are less likely to have ‘yo yo’ dieted over the years so approach losing weight without the ‘ emotional baggage’ that many women have. There is also not quite the same pressure on men to have the ‘perfect’ body size and shape. Men are often very focussed and quite competitive – which makes them especially good at adhering to an online and app-based food diary system like Nutracheck.
Physiologically men have another advantage too – with greater body muscle than women, they have more capability to burn calories – so it’s a double whammy when it comes to trying to lose those extra pounds!’
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