It’s a mystery that has confused us women for years of our apparent ability to store fat more than men, despite eating somewhat fewer calories! It seems like we get all the short straws in life doesn’t it!? So why DO we store more fat? Well, alongside some studies, Rev explains one (yet amongst others) reason…
From an energy balance point of view there is no explanation why women should be fatter than men, particularly since men usually consume more calories daily. So, what else can it be? Well, a recent research review from the University of New South Wales, has shown a link between the hormone; oestrogen, and its impact on fat storage for childbearing. Before puberty, the two genders have a similar percentage of body fat, yet after puberty and on average, women normally have up to 6 to 11% more body fat than men. Studies show that Oestrogen reduces a woman’s ability to burn energy after eating, resulting in more fat being stored around the body. Why? Well, if it’s to do with Oestrogen, the likely reason is to prepare women for childbearing. Professor Anthony O’Sullivan, from UNSW’s St George Clinical School, suggests that this fat storage after puberty is the groundwork for fertility, foetal development and even lactation. Oh, the joys!
However, hold it right there! Oestrogen is NOT the reason why some store fat in excess, resulting in obesity! This is NOT an excuse to binge or become ‘lazy’ with your nutrition. Do you actually know what healthy really feels like if you’ve been supplying yourself with the wrong kind of nutrients? Healthy fats and fresh produce can restore hormone imbalances within the body and can lead you to a healthy weight in which you can feel confident and happy with. I mean, all you Revvers know and feel it now right!?
- The Obesity Code, Jason Fung
- Why Do Women Store Fat Differently from Men? Professor Anthony O’Sullivan, UNSW’s St George Clinical School
- Revolution Fitness Academy Reboot, Adam Prescott