Belly Fat in Men

In gyms, playing fields, beaches, and bedrooms across the country, our bodies are constantly being measured. And in dressing room mirrors and on bathroom scales, we’re constantly measuring ourselves. But let’s set aside those vanity measurements and concentrate on measuring ourselves by a different set of criteria–the number of fat cells we’re carrying.

The average American has about 30 billion fat cells; each of them is filled with greasy substances called lipids. When you pump doughnuts, corn chips, and fried Snickers bars into your system, those fat cells can expand–up to 1,000 times their original size. But a fat cell can get only so big; once it reaches its physical limit, it starts to behave like a long-running sitcom. It creates spin-offs, leaving you with two or more fat cells for the price of one. Only problem: Fat cells have a no-return policy. Once you have a fat cell, you’re stuck with it. So as you grow fatter and double the number of fat cells in your body, you also double the difficulty you’ll have losing the lipids inside them.

The Badness of Belly Fat

Many of us tend to store fat in our bellies, and that’s where the health dangers of excess weight begin. Abdominal fat doesn’t just sit there and do nothing; it’s active. It functions like a separate organ, releasing substances that can be harmful to your body.

For instance, it releases free fatty acids that impair your ability to break down the hormone insulin (too much insulin in your system can lead to diabetes). Fat also secretes substances that increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as the stress hormone cortisol (high levels of cortisol are also associated with diabetes and obesity as well as with high blood pressure). Abdominal fat bears the blame for many health problems because it resides within striking distance of your heart, liver, and other organs–pressing on them, feeding them poisons, and messing with their daily function.

Take Back Your Belly!

Now take the person with a six-pack. He’s the icon of strength and good health. He’s lean; he’s strong; he looks good in clothes; he looks good without clothes. Defined abs, in many ways, have defined fitness. But they define something else: They’re the hallmark of a person who’s in control of his body and, as such, in control of his health.

Abs Will Improve Your Sex Life

Women claim the greatest sex organ is the brain; men say it’s approximately 3 feet due south. So let’s say we split the geographic difference and focus on what’s really central to a good sex life.

You know the old phrase “It’s not the size of the ship; it’s the motion of the ocean”? Well, take that to heart. We can’t improve upon what God gave you (though the Abs Diet may actually somewhat increase the size of a guy’s manhood–more on that in a bit), but we can rebuild your body to maximize the rocking and rolling that goes on below deck. Consider how the following side benefits can help you pull that ship into harbor.

Increased stamina
The thrusting power you generate during sex doesn’t come from your legs; it comes from your core. Strong abdominal and lower-back muscles give you the stamina and strength to try new positions, stay steady in old ones, and maintain the motion control that’s important for your staying power – and your partner’s pleasure.

Better erections
It’s no secret that upwards of 30 million American men have some kind of erectile dysfunction. Though many things can cause it, one of the major causes is purely a matter of traffic control. Artery-clogging cheeseburgers don’t discriminate, so when you’re overweight, the gunk that gums up the blood vessels leading to your heart and brain also gums up the vessels that lead to your genitals.

Plaque forms on the inside of your arteries, narrowing the passageways that blood must follow. Think of 12 lanes of traffic bottlenecking into one. Your blood vessels can become so clogged in your pelvic area that a sufficient supply of blood can’t get through to form an erection. You don’t need to have aced calculus to understand this equation: Increased fat equals decreased bloodflow. Decreased bloodflow equals softer (or no) erections. Softer (or no) erections equals “This stinks” squared. (By the way, clogged blood vessels have the same effect on women, leading to decreased lubrication, sensitivity, and sexual pleasure.)

Increased length
When it comes to a man and his privates, fat is his body’s side-view mirror: Objects appear smaller than actual size. The length of the average man’s penis is about 3 inches flaccid, but the fatter he is, the smaller he’ll look. That’s because the fat at the base of a man’s abdomen covers up the base of his penis. Losing just 15 pounds of fat will add up to half an inch to the length of a man’s member. No, Little Elvis is not technically growing, but decreasing the fat that surrounds it will allow all a guy’s got to actually show.

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