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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. It’s just that our bodies are designed differently, and for a good reason. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how men and women store fat, and why we have fat to begin with.

Men , Women Store Fat

Women are naturally hold more body fat than men. According to the American Council on Exercise, an active woman will have 21% to 24% body fat, whereas a man will have 14% to 17%. Both men and women need to maintain a certain percentage of essential fat to function normally. 

During puberty, estrogen production enables women to develop these necessary fat reserves.

women usually store fat in their buttocks, hips, lower abdomen and thighs. The fat needed for pregnancy and nursing is stored in a woman’s thighs. Gluteofemoral fat, which develops on the legs and butt, is actually a sign of good metabolic health, no matter how it makes you look in a pair of jeans.

Women also carry a greater amount of subcutaneous fat than visceral fat, giving them their soft curves. Visceral fat is more of a health risk.

Men, take notice. Men’s bodies are more apt to store excess fat in the upper body, especially in the abdominal region. 

Men also tend to lose fat more efficiently, not through exercise, but diet. Fewer calories in means fewer stored in fat reserves.

While women are more likely to develop subcutaneous fat, men are more prone to storing visceral fat — the stuff that coats your internal organs. This tendency to store visceral fat means that men are actually more prone to fat-related illnesses and conditions, like heart disease and diabetes.


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