Web Exclusive: The truth about who loses weight faster, men or women

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(CNN) - It can be hard for anyone to lose weight, but many people think it's easier for men than women to shed pounds, but is that true? Are the scales tipping more in a man's favor?

This is certainly something that frustrates lots of women, trying to lose weight.  It seems men drop pounds so much faster.  Well here's some good and bad news for both men and women. The answer: initially yes, men lose weight faster.  But long term, experts say not so much.

A study out of England put both men and women on the same diet.  Good news guys, the study found that after two months on the diet, the men lost twice as much weight and three times as much body fat as the women did.  But don't get too excited. Women will eventually catch up.  Six months into the study the weight loss evened out.  Why the initial difference?

The Mayo Clinic says men's muscles have more lean tissue, which burns more calories than body fat.  Experts CNN spoke to say testosterone also plays a big role.  Here's something to keep in mind if you're trying to lose weight-- everyone's weight loss and body is different and you usually get out of it what you put into it.  


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