• Dr Sally Norton


A recent study just out confirmed something I have written about before. Men have it easy compared to women...when it comes to weight loss anyway!

The study looked at over 2,000 overweight individuals with pre-diabetes. (Pre-diabetes is a condition where we are starting to find it difficult to control our blood sugar, could lead on to full-blown diabetes and currently affects around 1/3 of us, especially those who are overweight and carry their weight around the middle). These individuals were put on a low-calorie diet for 8 weeks in an attempt to help them lose weight and reverse the metabolic syndrome - a cluster of problems that includes fatty liver disease, diabetes and heart disease. They found that men lost significantly more body weight than women and had larger reductions in a metabolic syndrome score. The women, in contrast, had larger reductions in hip measurement but also in the healthy HDL-cholesterol, and lean body mass suggesting they were losing more muscle than fat. Not great for us girls, really.

Why should this be?

There are a few reasons - some of which we can change, some are not so easy.

If you want to find out more, here's an article I wrote a few years ago for the Daily Mail, that still holds true. Click on the logo to open it.

With the drop in healthy cholesterol and a loss of lean mass, the study authors raised concerns that low calorie diets may have negative effects for women in the long-term and felt more investigation was needed. I already know the answer...they are just not a good way to lose weight and keep it off! For multiple reasons.

Anyway, other studies show that enlisting a partner in your weight loss efforts makes them easier to sustain. Just don't get disheartened if a male partner seems to leave you standing...slow and steady will win through in the end!

And if you need help with your weight loss then just get in touch for info on my 12 week, online, weight-loss masterclass. It may be just what you need to get your weight back under control, for good.