Sometimes with my blogs I have to get a tad more serious about topics, that leads me into this post. As I study more about weight management issues I am becoming much more aware that my old belief of “calories burned greater than calories consumed would equal weight loss hypothesis I have to say, well sometimes. That is a radical change for old Trainer T, there actually can be many reasons why people have a struggle, thyroid issues, food allergies, stress and of course the hormonal flux that women have to endure are several, so that leads to the following topic, carbs and fat, different for women.
Listen ladies I am learning, I understand who rules the roost, I do have a wife and two daughters, and old dogs (uhm speaking for myself) can learn, sometimes slowly but yes it is possible to potty train an old guy :-), anyway-
There are differences in how men’s and women’s bodies process dietary fat and carbohydrates and thus in the resulting levels of blood cholesterol, some research suggests.
On the whole, men and women have pretty much the same nutritional needs. Women do tend to need lower levels of nutrients because they are usually smaller, though they need more iron and folate during childbearing years.
But should women and men follow the same dietary advice about fats and carbohydrates?
Research findings about diet, cholesterol, and gender have been inconsistent, but studies suggest the following:
■ A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol benefits both sexes, but it may be more effective in men. This was seen, for instance, in a study from Tufts University of middle-aged and older people who were put on such a diet. The men had a bigger drop in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in blood), on average. In women, triglycerides actually tended to rise. A low-fat, high-carb diet can raise triglycerides in men, too, but some studies indicate this is more common in women.
■ A low-fat diet may reduce HDL (“good”) cholesterol more in women. This is a well-known drawback of a low-fat diet, which tends to lower both HDL and LDL cholesterol. To counter this, women should focus more on eating healthy (that is, unsaturated) fats, while limiting saturated fats and refined carbs. That is good advice for men, too, of course.
The bigger picture
Why might men and women react differently to the same diet? Estrogen affects the formation of lipoproteins in the liver, notably HDL and LDL, which help transport cholesterol through the bloodstream. Estrogen may also affect triglycerides. Since estrogen levels drop after menopause, some of these differences are reduced, though not eliminated, in older women.
Keep in mind, however, that gender is less important than many other factors (notably genetic ones) in determining who’ll do well on various diets. As is often the case, the average difference between the sexes is smaller than the differences among many individuals of the same sex. The trick is to find the diet that works best for you.