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Difference in Metabolic Rate of Calorie Burning and Body Fat Percentage Causes Men to Lose Weight Faster Than Women
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In a preliminary weight loss study recently conducted on 76 Beaumont patients who were morbidly obese (a 5-foot-8 person who weighs 310 pounds, for example), the men burned 13.6 calories per minute at their peak exercise level, while the women burned 10.5 calories per minute.

"That's a 30 percent difference," McCullough says.

In addition to the muscle mass differences, McCullough says men and women tend to carry excess weight in different ways. Men tend to gain it in their stomach area, while women usually carry it on their hips and buttocks.

For unknown reasons, excess weight usually melts away faster from the abdominal area faster than the hips, McCullough says, explaining weight loss is typically most noticeable first in the face and chin, then abdomen, then hips.

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