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J Nutr Metab. 2011;2011:391809. doi: 10.1155/2011/391809. Epub 2011 Jun 6.

Sex differences in energy metabolism need to be considered with lifestyle modifications in humans.

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St. George Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia.


Women have a higher proportion of body fat compared to men. However, women consume fewer kilojoules per kilogram lean mass and burn fat more preferentially during exercise compared with men. During gestation, women store even greater amounts of fat that cannot be solely attributed to increased energy intake. These observations suggest that the relationship between kilojoules consumed and kilojoules utilised is different in men and women. The reason for these sex differences in energy metabolism is not known; however, it may relate to sex steroids, differences in insulin resistance, or metabolic effects of other hormones such as leptin. When considering lifestyle modifications, sex differences in energy metabolism should be considered. Moreover, elucidating the regulatory role of hormones in energy homeostasis is important for understanding the pathogenesis of obesity and perhaps in the future may lead to ways to reduce body fat with less energy restriction.

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