To lose weight you can choose from a variety of different diet programs. One more successful than the other. A study into various studies looked at whether there is a difference in how successful men and women are in following a diet and therefore in losing weight.

Men score better

Both men and women lost weight during various diet programs. Men generally lost more weight than women. Men lost weight more when the diet was changed and also when both food and exercise were addressed.

No different approach for men and women

The researchers indicate that there is no reason to choose a different approach to weight loss for men and women. For both men and women, if you want to lose weight it is best to eat fewer calories in combination with more exercise.

Result from research: studies not entirely conclusive

Starting weight
Men are generally larger and heavier than women. Not all studies took into account the weight that someone had before losing weight. When the starting weight was taken into account, the differences in weight loss between men and women were less clear.

Biological differences
Apart from the fact that the starting weight has not always been taken into account, the differences in weight loss between men and women can also have other causes. For example, the diet programs from the studies may fit in better with men. Or it may have a biological explanation: men generally have more muscle mass than women. With more muscles you burn slightly more energy. In contrast, muscles are again heavier than fat mass.

Weight alone does not determine

The researchers recommend that future studies on the effect of diet programs not only look at absolute weight loss, but also at weight loss as a percentage of the starting weight and also the change in the BMI index.

Healthy weight loss

Losing weight without dieting starts with good preparation and motivation. The Nutrition Center has drawn up a step-by-step plan to ensure that you are ready to lose weight. Means that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Read the tips to lose weight healthy here

BMI explanation

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is an index for weight in relation to body height. The BMI provides an estimate of the health risk of your body weight. The BMI can be calculated for children and adults from 2 to 70 years of age. 
For some groups, such as Asians and Hindustani, different limit values ​​apply. That has to do with a different physique.

Explanation of the research
The researchers have compiled 49 studies that have investigated the effect of interventions (diet programs) aimed at weight loss. They looked at whether there was a difference between men and women in weight loss