If you’ve ever tried to lose weight alongside a husband or guy friend, you may have had a frustrated thought that went something like this: ‘How come I struggle while the pounds seem to just fly off of him?’ Well, you may finally have someone… er… something to blame: your brain.
According to a new study led by researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, male and female brains are not “wired” the same way when it comes to weight loss. As a result, women often have a more difficult time losing those extra pounds.
In short, there are specific hormones produced by the brain called proopiomelanocortin (POMC) peptides that are involved with functions like keeping our appetite in check, burning calories, and regulating physical activity. But, says lead author Professor Lora Heisler, those hormones work differently in males than they do in females, giving men the clear edge when it comes managing body weight.
Results of the study, published online last month in the journal Molecular Metabolism, may one day change the way we look at weight loss and help experts provide a more personalized approach to maintaining a healthy body weight.