If you’ve ever wondered whether girls or guys sweat more, finally, here’s your answer.
Picture this: It’s blistering hot outside. You and your BF are sprawled across the couch (not touching, obvi) surrounded by fans blasting air at you at max capacity. You’re both trying to cool off as best you can. And you’re both convinced that you’re sweating more than the other one is.
Unless you siphoned your sweat into a measuring cup, you can’t really prove who is sweating more. But, finally, science has figured out the answer to that question. And it might surprise you.
It turns out, gender has nothing to do with the amount you sweat – but body size does.
According to a study by Experimental Physiology, your body cools down in two ways. It cools down by both sweating and increasing blood circulation to the skin’s surface. And these results indicate that people with more surface area per body mass are more likely to lose heat by increased blood flow.
That means, the smaller you are, the less you sweat — and vice versa.
Lead author Sean Notley even flat-out debunked the “men sweat more” myth.
He writes, “Gender has long been thought to influence sweating and skin blood flow during heat stress. We found that these heat loss responses are, in fact, gender independent during exercise in conditions where the body can successfully regulate its temperature.”