New research suggests it may be because men are better at diets.
It seems that men are more likely to stick with a weight loss the programme than women.
Researchers from the universities of Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Stirling in the UK analyzed the results of international obesity studies and found that while men were initially more reluctant to tackle their weight issues, they were more likely to follow through
and achieve results.
Evidence from the studies,
involving more than 15,000 men, showed that men tended to be motivated to lose weight by their perception of the health benefits, while women were motivated by their appearance.
The research found that weight interventions run in sports clubs and gyms were very effective, with low drop out rates, as men welcomed the support of other participants. Combining calorie reduction with exercise and expert the advice was the most successful method for weight loss.
BREAK THE BREAKFAST RULES
> Eating breakfast may not be asignificant for weight loss as previously believed. A new study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham challenges the idea that skipping breakfast leads to snacking and overeating at subsequent meals.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that weight loss was not influenced by breakfast habits, despite evidence thateating breakfast may affect appetite and metabolism.
It suggests that eating a healthy, balanced diet is more important than meal timings when it comes to losing weight.
PICK PRUNES TO REDUCE APPETITE
>Research by the University
of Liverpool, UK, suggests that two handfuls of prunes daily can reduce appetite and enhance weight loss as part of a calorie controlled diet.
While prunes are often overlooked in favour of fruits with a more glamorous superfood status such as blueberries, the humble prune is packed with fibre, vitamin C and other phytonutrients. Prunes support regular digestion and bone health, and can help lower cholesterol, making them the perfect addition to your porridge (whenever you choose to have breakfast).