Unfortunately, women contain more fat than men. A normal fat content in women would range from 24% to 40%. While in men, it would be 6% to 25%.[1] This is because of some of the physiological differences between genders. One difference is that females have slower lipolysis or breakdown of fats. Another is that females manifest slower oxidation of fatty acids or conversion of fats into energy. And lastly, females exhibit faster storage of fats into the subcutaneous adipose tissue after food consumption. This fat storage is more pronounced in the gluteal (buttocks) and femoral (thigh) regions due to higher resistance in lipolysis in these areas. Hence, the possibility of a Rubenesque figure in women.[2] However, some studies claim that the distribution may also vary depending on the climate of origin. For example, Africans store more in the gluteal region, while the Mediterraneans have it more in the hips. And the Asians, in the lower abdominal area. Whereas those exposed to constant cold temperatures contain fat that is distributed more evenly all over the body for protection from hypothermia. This natural predisposition is not completely unfavorable to women. For the greater fat content functions as reserve energy in preparation for pregnancy. And aids in the survival of both the mother and the offspring.[3] This is also why women shouldn’t go beyond a healthy diet and aim for a zero body fat. Hormonal problems can ensue from a lack of fat and development challenges in ovulation. To understand the body further, know that it is composed of body fat and nonfat mass. Where the former is responsible for energy storage, safeguarding internal organs, and hormonal regulation. And the latter is responsible for energy production. Wherein both are influenced by age, genes, hormones, and sex. An ideal body is composed of high nonfat mass, from muscles, bones, and organs, and low body fat. To have an idea of what your body composition is like, you can calculate it based on your weight and the circumference of your waist, wrist, forearm, and hip. Others use devices such as fat scales, DEXA scans, and bioelectrical impedance for a more accurate measurement.[4] If you want to gain further understanding of your body composition and learn how to maximize your anatomical potential, continue reading. In the following guide, you will discover: The three types of body composition. Strengths and weaknesses of an endomorph body type. The basics of an endomorph diet. Steps on how to follow an endomorph diet. Techniques on how to sustain a new diet.

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