Let’s face it, we all love food. There so many different types to choose from. I’m willing to bet that if there were no consequence, we would sit down and eat as much food as we could. But as we all know, too much of something is never good for you. Even though I’m better now, I used to eat so much food as kid. I remember growing up how I would eat second and even third helpings of food each day. I was also another one of those kids who wanted to eat McDonald’s every day (my dad would sometimes bring me Mickey D’s for lunch while I was in elementary and middle school). Of course I got bigger over time, but as a kid I was unaware of the risks of excess body fat in my midsection, nor did I care. As an up and coming teenager who saw ripped guys on TV shows, movies and magazines however, I looked in the mirror one day I started to feel very self conscious about my body. The true horror came shortly after when I got a call to see the doctor after my annual physical, and hearing how I was at risk for diabetes and that I would be put on medication if I didn’t lose some weight. Ever since that day, I’ve been everything I can to get rid of my excess body fat. When we eat too much food, especially with little to no physical activity, we walk down the path headed straight for obesity. Not only can that lead to low self esteem and self-confidence, it can also lead to some unwanted health risks as well.
The Dark Side of Eating Too Much
- An increase in pounds can lead to increase in blood pressure, which can then lead to heart disease. When blood pressure is high, the coronary arteries becomes clogged due to a build up of fat and other substances which limits blood flow and decreases the amount of nutrients and oxygen the heart gets. The heart, then in turn, works harder to get more of what it needs, but over time, the heart’s pumping power and muscle walls get weaker and can cause heart attacks and even congestive heart failure.
- As I mentioned earlier, another risk of obesity is Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which it affects how the body handles glucose. Glucose is converted into energy for the body thanks to insulin, a hormone created by the pancreas. Diabetes causes what’s commonly known as insulin resistance, which makes the body unable to use glucose effectively.
- If the first two weren’t enough for you, how about we include your sex lives? That’s right, obesity can also lead to a low sex drive. I honestly didn’t know about this until doing some research for this article. Dr. Martin Binks, a Duke University psychologist did a study on how those extra pounds can affect feelings of sexuality a negative way and how weight loss can improve them. The study involved 161 obese women and 26 obese men and each reported problems with their sexual attractiveness, desires, and performances at the beginning of the study. Similarly, Dr. Andrew McCollough, MD, director of sexual health and male infertility at NYU Medical center stated “Medical conditions such as high cholesterol and insulin resistance do have the ability to impact sexual performance, which in turn impacts desire, particularly in men”. Just like how high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes can clog the coronary arteries, they can also clog the arteries in the penis which can lead to erectile dysfunction and thus a loss of sexual desire. I don’t know about you, but as a man myself, the thought of losing my sex drive prematurely utterly terrifies me.
How To Reduce Body Fat and Live a Healthier Lifestyle
God has given us all one body. Our bodies are our temple, and we must treat it as such. Whether you are someone who is looking to lose some pounds or fat, or are relatively healthy and just looking for some guidelines to follow, here are some tips to get you on your way…
- As I mentioned here, in order to lose weight, you need to be on a calorie deficit (eating less calories than your body can burn). You need to figure out how many calories your body burns on a daily basis and then eat around 500 calories below that number. Most people who do this normally lose between 1-2 lbs per week. Another thing to remember is that you should also eat more healthy foods and less junk. While indulging in junk food is OK every now then, including foods such as chicken, lean beef, fish, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your everyday diet will make you feel more energized and less sluggish.
- Along with a proper diet, exercise is also a great way to drop that excess body fat. Now I try to go to the gym 5 days a week, however, I know that can be too much for some people, plus there are those who don’t like going to the gym or working out at all. If this is you, just skip to the end. For everyone else, a good weight-lifting and cardio routine can help accelerate your weight loss goals. Not a big fan of the gym? Check your local listings for workout classes like Zumba, Kick-Boxing, Martial Arts or anything that may interest you. Walking is also another good workout. It’s simple, easy, and you can incorporate it into your daily routine.
Transforming your body takes time and effort. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. However, you can enjoy the journey by making simple changes in your life instead of going on crash diets or strict weight-loss programs. Your body will thank you in the long run. My fellow men, if anything, do this for your sexual health. In my opinion, there are too many beautiful women out there in the world to go through life without a healthy sex drive. I would love to hear thoughts on this. How have the methods in this articles helped you in shedding fat? Do you have any other methods for losing method? Drop a comment below and let me know what you think.