So some quick background: I just started a cut, and was chatting with a few of my female friends (who are not serious exercise enthusiasts) about the diet I'm following, how fast I expect to lose weight, etc. And with all of them, I immediately ran into "Well you're a guy, I'm sure you'll have no problem losing the weight," "I wish it was as easy for me to lose weight as it is for men" and "your diet/program wouldn't work as well for me because it's harder for women to lose weight than men."
This struck me as very frustrating for a couple of reasons. First of all, because when we are talking about individual progress this sort of comparative thinking seems moot. Secondly, because they were immediately ready with this excuse for why it's hard for them to progress and why it isn't for me - which feels like excuse making, and a dismissal of the hard work I'm going to be putting in over the next few weeks. And Third, because (while I've heard that claim many many times before), I'm not sure if I believe that it's really harder for women to lose weight than men.
So I started doing some reading online with a quick google search. I was, once again, frustrated to find almost no articles that asked the question "DO men have an easier time losing weight?" backed up by scientific studies, but rather lots of articles that already accepted that men do, in fact, have an easier time losing weight, and sought to explain why. The thing is, their explanations didn't seem to be rooted in hard, biological differences between the sexes. Rather, they seemed to be a bunch of correlative factors.
For example, "Men tend to have more lean body mass." Yes, but can't this be easily remedied by a woman following a weightlifting or strength program, rather than doing the endless hours of cardio that they are led to believe will get them in shape? Or "Men tend to eat more meat and protein, while women tend to eat more carbohydrates, and even be more emotionally attached to food."
If that's not some bullshit... So we are supposed to just accept that it is harder for women to lose weight, and the reasoning behind that is "because they eat the wrong foods and have a harder time cutting those foods out."
So I suppose I want to dismiss the "It's easier for men to lose weight than women" claim as bullshit, rooted in bad science and social factors. But I don't know enough about human biology and exercise science to say this for sure. I'm hoping to get some opinions, maybe even some links to studies and real science to either back up my thinking or show me why I'm wrong.
In my mind, I am imagining a man and a woman, following the same strength-training program, and the same hardcore diet without deviation. IF we account for size differences, the amount of lean body mass, and the slightly higher body fat % that women tend to carry, will the male REALLY lose significantly more weight than the female over the same training cycle? What do you think?