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I Lose Weight More Quickly Than My Wife - Now We Know Why

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

My wife and I are both doing Spark, and (per our usual) the pounds are coming off of me more quickly. And per our usual, this is despite her greater overall diligence and zeal. This always has frustrated and demotivated her.

Today we read a Spark article that sheds a lot of light (link attached). Belly fat burns more readily, all variables equal. Now we know, not that this knowledge necessarily consoles her.

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  • no profile photo CD11427963
    I can understand why she would feel that way. I will take some time and read that article, I can always learn something new. emoticon
    3158 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2012 7:25:14 AM
    Seems like I heard/read years ago that guys will just burn fat faster because they tend to already have more bones and lean muscle tissue - so even when just sitting around on the couch, guys are burning more calories then the gals!!

    I enjoy walking with my husband when I am in a mood to talk or to dawdle around slowly, but if I need to exercise - I get out and hustle on my own! He just walks TOO SLOW for me!!

    3218 days ago
    It is something about which I have much frustration but just have to accept. On the flip side, there are a lot of thing for which it is easier for a female.
    3218 days ago
  • BOSS61
    @Brewmasterbill, yes I weigh more and yes we have thought about the percentage approach. We just need to resolve not to compete. It's hard, as I am competitive by nature.

    Yes, @RogersBabe1, she is a mother times two (I gained weight with her, pound for pound, during both pregnancies). Now we both are working to lose it, (so far) constructively.

    Susan's comments are below.
    3219 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2012 11:09:53 AM
  • SUSAN818127
    Note from the wife: if we two approach the Spark plan as a lifestyle and a marathon, rather than a diet with a fixed "stop date" (i.e., when we hit goal), I expect the differential weight loss will be less of an issue than it has been in the past. I'd rather focus on the long haul rather than the individual poundage on a daily/weekly basis. This way, we avoid mistakes we've made in the past, like making it a competition. We can form a mutual admiration society and a team-- especially important when we knock up against our two teenage children, who know so much more and are oh so much cooler than we are.
    3219 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2012 11:05:49 AM
    Ya, common mistake among the ladies. Not to mention, you probably weigh more than her to start with so you're not comparing apples to apples. If you even want to remotely compare, you'd need to compare percentage of body weight lost. But it's kind of pointless because you have the advantage.
    3219 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9294965
    A friend of mine has experienced the same with her hubby,and my husband eats like a pig and doesn't work out, and although he's diabetic, he doesn't have a weight issue, whereas I have to sweat and deny myself, etc. I don't know if your wife has given birth, but I also read something about pregnancy also increasing fat cells for women. Some things are simply the way they are and beyond our control and we just have to work at it in spite of it. The good news is that you have something you can do together...I have been trying to get by husband to work out with me and to improve his nutrition for years to no avail...my prayers are for the success and well-being of you both! emoticon
    3219 days ago
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