Our expert says:
It is so refreshing to hear about a 'supportive husband' and that you and your wife are helping each other to stick to your diet to lose weight. Unfortunately it is a known fact that men and women generally lose weight at different rates which is due to the difference in their Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR). The BMR is the quantity of energy (kcal) that the human body requires to maintain its basic functions (breathing, digestion, heartbeat, maintenance of body temp, etc), even when the individual is resting and not doing any exercise whatsoever. Men have a higher BMR than women, which is to some extent due to the androgenic hormones such as testosterone. It is, therefore, frustrating, but perfectly normal for your wife to lose less weight than you do in a given period of time, even if she uses the same diet and does the same amount of exercise. Female hormones and metabolism are more geared to storing energy (in case of pregnancy/breastfeeding demands) than those in men. Your lady will have to be patient and possibly do some extra aerobic exercise to help her weightloss. In regard to weightloss, the sexes are alas not equal. But with your support and encouragement, your wife should be able to lose a meaningful amount of weight.
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