Ladies, if you ever pit yourself against a male partner when it comes to lose weight, sibling, or friend in a weight loss competition, don’t be surprised when you encounter a harsh reality. Indeed, scientists say the way men’s bodies are built and even where they store fat helps them lose weight more easily than women: they can lose weight faster and they can also garner more health benefits than women. 

If you want some proof, read the description of the following study:

A study on 2,200 overweight adults with prediabetes in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand details their weight loss results. These adults had to follow an 800-calorie diet made of soups, shakes, hot cereals, and low-calorie vegetables for 8 weeks. 

The Results:

Men lost 16 percent more weight than women — about 26 pounds compared with an average of 22 pounds for women. Additionally, 35 percent of the men and women in the study had normal blood glucose levels and fell out of the prediabetes classification. Men had a lower heart rate, less body fat and a lower risk for diabetes than the women did.

In the same time, this low-calorie diet had also some bad impacts on women’s health: their good cholesterol decreased as well as the bone mineral density (can lead to weaker bones) and body mass (it slows the metabolism and weight loss). 

Each of the adults also had prediabetes, a condition marked by slightly elevated blood sugar levels. People with prediabetes are at a higher risk for eventually developing type 2 diabetes.

But why? 

This result comes down to the difference in how men and women are built. Men burn more calories than women as they typically carry their weight in their midsection, whereas women carry their fat around their hips, thighs, and butt. Physiologically, men are built to burn fat more quickly. They have more lean muscle mass and a naturally higher metabolic rate. The more your body has lean muscle, the more it burns.