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Are Men Better At Sticking To Diets Than Women?

14/08/2014 16:45 | Updated 20 May 2015

Although it's argued that women are more likely to take up a weight-loss programme, turns out men have more success when it comes to diet and exercise than us girls.

Men are 11% more likely to stick with a diet and exercise regime than women, but only start trying to shift the fat when they consider it to be harmful to their health or impacting the way they look.

According to researchers from the universities of Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Stirling, exercise groups and sports clubs are increasingly popular with men and have low drop-out rates.

And considering we never see the same girls twice in our weekly body pump class, we're guessing there's truth in the assumption that women are more likely to give up.

"Men prefer more factual information on how to lose weight and more emphasis on physical activity in weight-loss programmes," said Dr Flora Douglas, from the University of Aberdeen's Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

"Group-based programmes showed benefits by facilitating support for men with similar health problems and some individual tailoring of advice helped men.

"Programmes which were situated in a sporting venue, where participants had a strong sense of affiliation, showed low drop-out rates and high satisfaction."

So while fewer men sign up to weight-loss programmes than women they are more likely to keep with it.

On top of this the study also found that, get this, "cutting calories together with exercise and following advice on changing behaviour are the best way for obese men to shed pounds."

No shit Sherlock.

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