Fat Storage In Men and Women

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Men and women are different. Why? Cause men are more muscular than women. Muscles require more calories to maintain and it is important NOT to go hungry. Losing weight through dieting alone without adding exercise depletes your muscle tissue stores. The faster you lose weight through dieting alone, the more muscle tissue you lose. Exercise prevents muscle tissue loss and adds muscle!

Men have bigger frames. Yes, it’s true. However, that doesn’t meant that men can ‘carry their weight’. Though it is common for society to find overweight men more acceptable than overweight women, it is certainly less healthier. The reason lies behind the location of body fat stored. Body fat distributed around the waist and abdomen is pretty dangerous to your health.

Somehow or rather, fat tends to store itself around men’s abdomen more than anywhere else in the body. For years, BMI has been the formula used to assess a person’s heart attack risk. However, a global study of 27, 000 people who had their waist girth divided by hip circumference had their heart attack risk predicted more accurately than BMI calculations. This calculation is called the Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR).

Women who are overweight are thought to look like pear, indicating excess fat around the hips, thighs and buttocks. Women also tend to store fat closer to the surface of their skin (subcutaneous fat) than men do, increasing their tendency to form cellulite.

Cellulite is an accumulation of fat, fluid and toxins trapped into a hardened network of elastin and collagen fibres in the deeper levels of your skin. It will make your skin look like orange peel. Try squeezing some of the skin on upper thigh and if it looks lumpy, you have it. The skin might also look whiter and feel colder than the rest of the body. Of course men can also store fat around the areas of the lower body and that women can have it around their bellies too. So the best thing to do is to stay healthy.

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5 thoughts on “Fat Storage In Men and Women”

  1. Male and female fat distribution are partly controlled by hormones and also genetic.

    Cellulite is genetic, so is varicose veins, and stretch marks!

    BMI is by far the most inaccurate measure of a person’s physical well being/weight to height ratio. It doesn’t take into account the done density and also frame size.

    While WHR does sort of reduce the margin of error by some extend, a more accurate way to determine the body composition is non other than a proper body fat analysis.

    An overweight person might have low bodyfat, indicating he/she has higher muscle percentage.

    A skinny person might have high bodyfat, and still look thin, but we all know it’s a time bomb ticking.

    chance upon your blog and your write ups, will visit often to read, very informative and loads to discuss and rant about!
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  2. Women have 35 billion fat cells in our bodies and they are 5 times as large as men’s. You right, fat storage all depends on the hormones. The location of fat storage for women in the hips, thighs, and butt area is only temporary until we reach the age of about 50. The reason they are stored there in the first place is to produce any pregnancy we might have during times of famine (yes, even self induced ones). After that, the fat re-distribute themselves are we start to store them in the abs like the men.

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