The Secrets Your Belly Fat Is Hiding
Posted: December 19, 2014
“Six-pack abs” are a fantasy for many men. But if you’ve reached middle age, and you are more sedentary than you’d like to be, then your six-pack probably looks more like a spare tire.
There are many theories about the best strategy for eliminating belly fat. Is it as simple as swapping out certain foods in your diet or doing particular exercises? Before we dive into that, let’s first examine how and why that fat accumulates.
The type of fat responsible for your expanding waistline is called visceral fat. It primarily surrounds your vital organs, and it is more metabolically active than subcutaneous fat (the fat just under your skin), so it tends to burn off first and more quickly. When people begin to lose weight, it starts to show most noticeably in the stomach area. The more weight you have to lose (i.e., the larger the spare tire), the more quickly you should notice a change in the size of your belly.
What is the best way to get rid of excess fat around your middle? A consistent exercise regimen, proper sleep, and paying attention to the food that goes into your body are all parts of the formula. However, some men do all of the above and still struggle to lose weight or have the energy to do so.
If this is the case, then it is time to check your testosterone level.
Testosterone is responsible for the efficient function of many systems of a man’s body — including building muscle and burning fat. When men reach their 30s, the natural production of testosterone begins to decline at a rate of about 1 percent per year. Over time, low testosterone can lead to sluggishness, fatigue, and an increase in belly fat.
If you suspect low testosterone is preventing you from trimming down your waistline, then find your nearest Low T Center and get your numbers checked. You will know on the first visit if you are a candidate for treatment.
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