The truth is, women can actually really benefit from adding supplements to their fitness routine and it could even be the key to seeing results! The issue is finding the right supplements to suit the female body’s specific needs.
Let’s review the differences between men and women in order to conclude what women should be looking for in their supplements.
Anatomy: The Difference Between Men and Women
Women Store Fat More Efficiently
Women are able to store fat more efficiently than men. On average women have six to eleven percent more body fat than men. The hormone that is responsible for this? Oestrogen. Yes, we can thank our female sex hormone for the ability we have to store fat more efficiently. Oestrogen reduces a woman’s ability to burn fat after eating, which causes more fat to be stored.Also, typically men’s body fat is distributed viscerally, which has a higher risk of associated diseases but it easier to reduce. Whereas women are more likely to develop subcutaneous fat, which is harder to lose.
Gender Differences in the Metabolic Response to Exercise
During endurance exercise females oxidize more lipids and amino acids and less carbs than men. And this could be due to a higher estrogen concentration in females. It is also shown that females show a smaller increase in lean body mass as men, and do not show reductions in protein breakdown in response to CRM loading, whereas males do.
As a Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, I can tell you that women’s bodies are different from men’s. It’s not a myth, it’s a physiological fact!
Why do you think that the government guidelines are different for men and women? It’s simple – because women are generally smaller than men and require fewer calories, fat, protein and carbs!
Additionally, given that women are physiologically ‘designed’ to bear children, we have a completely different hormonal set up to that of men and simply do not produce enough testosterone to gain the same amount of muscle as men and ‘bulk up’.
Such differences in male and female anatomy mean we’re also prone to different sets of health issues than men are. Women are often deficient in the very vitamins and minerals they particularly need:
- Calcium, to prevent osteoporosis and keep strong, dense bones.
- Folic acid, which is vital to women’s reproductive health.
- Vitamin D, to help us absorb calcium and balance hormones.
Given that men and women are anatomically different, here at IdealFit, we’ve created supplements that are specifically designed according to the macro-nutrient and micro-nutrient requirements of the female body. This means our products are:
- Slightly lower in protein than traditional male-targeted products
- Include a unique vitamin blend containing Calcium, FolicAcid and Vitamin D
- Added Biotin for healthy looking skin and hair so you can get lean with added beauty benefits!
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