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Do men really lose weight easier than women? Yes ... and no

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The Mayo Clinic says men's muscles have more lean tissue, which burns more calories than body fat. (Source: CNN) The Mayo Clinic says men's muscles have more lean tissue, which burns more calories than body fat. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - It can be hard for everyone to lose weight. But it seems common knowledge that it is easier for men than women to shed pounds.

Is this true? 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.

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 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.

An expert CNN spoke to said testosterone also plays a big role.

Of course everyone's weight loss and body is different and you usually get out of it what you put into it. 

So think about that next time you hit the gym.

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