If you’ve ever muttered frustrations under your breath when your husband tells you the weight he’s lost, you are NOT alone. Does it mean you aren’t happy for him? Of course it doesn’t… (hopefully?) But let’s break down why it’s not fair for you to compare yourself to him. Comparing your fat loss journey to his is like comparing an avocado to an apple. 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘥, 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵? You wouldn’t make guac with an apple (𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘳𝘥𝘰). And you wouldn’t make an avocado cider (𝘯𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘺). Your body is biologically different from his body. Let’s talk 2 reasons WHY you can’t compare your fat loss journey to his: 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐞 & 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. As a woman, your higher levels of estrogen and progesterone (𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘯) lead to higher levels of body fat, especially in your lower body. This is because your body wants to support pregnancy and having a little more body fat makes for a healthier environment to do so. So in a small way, your hormones are actually working against you when it comes to losing body fat. Like trying to sprint uphill. Meanwhile, your husband’s hormones are designed to help him keep a lower body fat percentage. Imagine sprinting downhill. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝟷𝟶𝘭𝘣𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘵. 𝐌𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞. Every woman will hit menopause at some point in their life. You can’t avoid it. Unfortunately, when women go through menopause, their estrogen levels drop very low because their fertility window has closed. When estrogen drops, it’s harder for us to build muscle, balance cravings, and have motivation or energy. While a man’s level of testosterone does dip with age, it’s not close to the same as what a woman's body experiences. Now this isn’t to say you can’t be successful in your fat loss journey. That’s not true at all. It just requires a different, and more 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲. Therefore, let me drive this point home one more time… Unless you want to feel bitter and resentful, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐂𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐬. Understand that comparing your journey to 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 is a sure-fire way to feel like shit. You've got this sister, keep running your own race!