How Men and Women Store Fat Differently

graphic showing the distribution of subcutaneous fat in males and females

Have you and a member of the opposite sex ever participated in the same weight loss program with drastically different results? Maybe your partner was able to reduce their belly fat quickly with a diet and exercise routine that hasn’t worked for you at all. It’s not your fault—it’s because your bodies store fat differently.

Fat storage and distribution is one of the many ways in which the male and female body are biologically different, which means men and women are unlikely to have the same level of success with the same weight loss program.

Why Do Men and Women Store Fat Differently?

In a word, genetics. Women are naturally predisposed to have more body fat than men because their bodies contain more estrogen, which triggers fat storage. Having 20-25% body fat is a healthy range for women, while men should ideally have less than 15%. By the standards of modern society, being genetically conditioned to hold extra body fat may seem unfair to women, but it has its biological advantages—for instance, supporting healthier pregnancies.

Body Fat Distribution in Men and Women

Men and women differ not just in how much body fat they have but also in where it’s stored. For men, extra fat is more likely to be concentrated in the upper body, leading to an android fat distribution pattern that affects the shape of the abdomen, chest, neck, and shoulders. Some of the areas where men are prone to carrying more weight contain the bulk of a person’s internal organs—when excess visceral fat surrounds the organs, serious health problems are a greater risk.

Women, on the other hand, are more likely to have a pronounced gynoid fat distribution pattern, in which body fat manifests around the hips, thighs, and bottom. Fat in these areas is subcutaneous rather than visceral, so while it doesn’t create as much potential for health problems, it is more resistant to the effects of dieting.

Personalized Diet Plans for Men and Women

Men and women will always store fat and lose weight differently, so why should their weight loss methods be the same? For the best results, members of each sex need a plan that’s tailored to their body type. That’s where Diet Doc comes in.

Every Diet Doc medical weight loss program is designed specifically for a single patient based on their sex, age, health history, weight loss goals, and other personal characteristics. The combination of the right diet plan with one of our state-of-the-art prescribed medications is nearly certain to get results regardless of genetics.
Men and women will never be the same, but medical weight loss through Diet Doc can make them equally happy. Contact us for a consultation today!