The Good News (and Bad News) About Fat Loss and Men

by Harvey Bond
(Chicago, USA)

Men and women are different. Because of the way they are built, they process, store and lose fat differently. Fat deposits on men, for example, are different on women.

This explains why men store more fat on their abdominal areas while women store them on the lower body area such as the thighs and hips. That is why the most common complaint for men involves their ‘love handles’ those deposits of fat that line their waist and belly.

The potbelly

Ever wondered why potbellied men have tough stomachs? Try to punch a guy with a big stomach as hard as you can and there’s a high likelihood that you’ll be the one to get hurt and not him.

This is because fat in this area hides deep in the abdominals. This fat is called visceral fat and is hidden underneath abdominal muscles.

The good thing about visceral fat is that they are relatively easy to lose through a healthful diet and regular exercise.

This means that should you gain fat in the belly, changing your daily diet and incorporating physical activities in your regimen can help you get rid of it quite easily.

The only danger about visceral fat is that while men’s bodies can get rid of it through metabolism, the broken down fat can enter the bloodstream and clog up arteries.

This raises the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Weight training

Another excellent means to lose fat is to weight train.

Graduated weights help increase the body’s resistance and build strength. It helps promote better metabolism, which means that it will be easier for your body to process and burn fat.

There is an important thing men need to know regarding fat loss through weight training. A few weeks or months after regular sessions, you’ll probably notice that your weight will go up.

Thus, even if your diet has remained healthful and you’re physically active.

The extra weight is not actually extra fat it’s the extra muscle. As your body responds to weight or strength training, it bulks up hence, the extra weight.

There’s no need to worry about this because it’s the body’s natural response to stimulus. As long as the routine you’re using is perfectly safe and you’re gaining muscle in places where you’re losing fat, you’re doing the right thing.

Fat loss and men

Although men can gain weight just as easily as women, they have a natural advantage: men can lose it more easily than women can. That is, as long as there is increase in physical activities.

If fat stays too long in the body, there are health consequences to be expected, some of which may be serious.

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Updated: February 13, 2014 — 11:12 am

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