It is estimated that up to 2/3 of American males are overweight.
Many are carrying a few extra pounds in the way of a pot belly, beer gut, and belly fat that they would be better off losing for health reasons. Men are more likely to gain belly fat, or a paunch, than women - who are more likely to gain weight in the thighs, legs, and hip areas of their body. Though it is of course possible for women to also gain belly fat.
Do you get a beer belly from drinking beer?
There is a reasoning that people get a "beer belly" from drinking beer because beer is high in calories. Another line of thought is that beer drinkers tend to eat more junk and fatty foods like chips, fries, and fast foods while indulging.
A study has also found that binge drinking may contribute to a pot belly. So if you drink 12 beers, 2 nights a week you will find yourself starting to get a beer belly, but if you only drink 2 beers a week, you won't get a beer belly.
Author Graeme Hilditch in his book "Don't blame beer for that belly" insists beer cannot be held solely responsible for a "beer belly". The culprits are excessive calories, lack of exercise and man's predisposition to deposit fat on his abdominal region.
It stands to reason that drinking too much of any kind of alcohol can result in excess belly fat, though no one really knows yet why this happens.
Males with excess belly fat stand a high risk of health problems including:
For the majority of males health risks increase if your waist size is over 40 inches or 102 centimeters.
To accurately measure your waist size simply place a tape measure around your midsection at your navel level, don't hold your tummy in, and don't pull on the tape measure so tightly that it presses your skin in.
In order to lose those love handles or pot belly requires exercise, workout and diet.
Get some exercise:
You men will love hearing this but its true, outside work in your front or back yard and garden will help get your heart rate up and breathing hard, two requirements for weight loss.
You may think sit ups are the key to losing belly flab, however you would be wrong. Situps will strengthen your abdominal muscles but will not reduce belly fat alone.
Males tend to start putting on belly fat as they get older, even as early as 30 years of age.
As a man ages he will need to start watching what he eats and keep himself active. Most middle-age and older individuals can attain fitness levels with workouts or even a brisk walk, 30 minutes per day, five to six days each week.
Tensing your stomach muscles and drawing your naval into your spine is something you should try to do at least 3 times per day. The simplicity of this exercise means you can perform it sitting or standing and in almost any situation.
For anyone to lose weight you must burn more calories than you consume, so its eat less or exercise more if you wish to lose or maintain your current weight.
See our Calorie Counter to calculate the number of calories you burn performing different tasks.