How Men and Women Store Fat DifferentlyJanuary 13, 2015 9:35 AM
There are many things that make men and women different physiologically, and the fact that we carry and metabolize fat differently is no surprise. Although these differences can be frustrating and puzzling for some, no gender has the upper hand in this situation. It’s just that our bodies were designed differently, and for good reason. Keep reading to learn more.
Fat Distribution and Metabolism in Women
Women are genetically engineered to carry more fat on their bodies than men. The body fat percentage of a healthy, active woman is 18-20%, whereas this figure is 10-15% for men. This is because, physiologically, women’s bodies naturally like to prepare to nourish a growing baby, and our fat reserves help us do that. Women begin to develop these precious fat reserves during puberty.
Women don’t just carry more fat than men—fat is also distributed differently throughout the body. While fat distribution is different for everyone and has roots in where your ancestors lived,