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"Why do women have lower levels of testosterone than men?"
I am 25 and trying to lose weight with my husband but he is losing pounds a lot faster. Why is this? He says testosterone. What about it?
Women have lower levels of testosterone than men because this is their way their bodies are designed. The main sex hormone in women, produced by the ovaries, is estrogen, which tends to promote the storage of fat rather than its breakdown. On the other hand, the main sex hormone in men is testosterone, produced by the testicles, which tends to promote the formation of muscle mass. Therefore, yes, men have an easier time than women losing weight quickly. This does not mean, however that women cannot successfully lose weight. The key to successful weight loss includes consistent healthy eating. If you are having trouble with this, you should see a dietitian, who will be able to make an overall assessment of your weight loss needs and eating habits and help you come up with a realistic meal plan. At the same time, don't forget that dieting is only half of the battle. The other half is regular exercise. If you are not regularly exercising this may be contributing to your lack of success. You should try to get in at least 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days of the week. If you combine exercise with healthy eating, you should be able to lose weight.
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