It's officially harder to lose weight if you're short

23 April 2018, 15:43 | Updated: 12 July 2018, 13:58

Weight Loss

New research proves that if you're not that tall, you might find it harder to get in shape.

If you're below average height and struggle to lose weight, there may be an actual scientific reason for that.

New studies show that people who are shorter find it more difficult to shed the pounds, due to how quickly a smaller body can burn calories.


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Craig Primack of the Obesity Medicine Association told Cosmopolitan that genetics play a part in losing weight. He said: "Short women have slower metabolisms. 

(This is due to having less 'lean mass' - and the more of it you have, the higher your metabolism is.)

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He continued: "The average woman has a basal metabolic rate (BMR) of 1,400 calories per day. That means, if she lays in bed for 24 hours, she will burn 1,400 calories. But I see women who are shorter than 5 feet with BMRs of 1,200 calories, and some who are 5’10” or so at 1,750 or more per day."


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However, it's not all doom and gloom if you lack height, as there are certain exercises and health tips you can take advantage of to kick start your metabolism and encouraging it to be a little bit faster.

Lifting heavier weights is said to be better than doing more repetitions with lighter weights, as it encourage several muscle groups to work at once. 

Primack explained: "It is better to lift a 10kg dumbbell once than a 3kg dumbbell 20 times."


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Keeping up your protein intake will also help you on your journey to weight loss. It keeps you fuller for longer, and also encourages your body to build and repair muscles, which will help boost your BMR.

Experts also suggest avoiding crash diets, as the impact of this actually slows down your metabolism. It's better to maintain a regular intake of food, ensuring that you're getting all the vitamins and minerals you need - but not binging on all the naughty stuff!

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