When you look at the cover of a men’s health magazine, you always see a guy who is exceptionally thin, well cut, and with perfect abs. That image is set out as the ideal for what a man should look like. Granted, most men do not reach this ideal, but a lot can be said for striving to obtain it. This is because excess belly fat can be a dangerous thing for men, as well as women.
If you have a few extra pounds around your belly, you’re not alone. This is a major problem, especially in developed countries like the United States and Canada. But just because everyone else has a fluffy belly, this does not mean you need to follow this trend. In fact, the trend can be risky.
Here’s the problem with having that extra padding of fat on your belly. It’s not just an external layer of fat. It’s not just subcutaneous fat, or fat that sits underneath your skin. Instead, this belly fat also includes visceral fat. This is the fat that lies inside your abdomen. It affects your internal organs. When you have that extra fat on your belly, regardless of how healthy you might be, you increase your risk of things like:
· Heart disease
· Sleep apnea
· Type II diabetes
· Premature death
· High blood pressure
As you get older, it’s going to be harder for you to keep the fat off your midsection. The amount of fat that you carry is a balance between how many calories you eat and how many calories you burn. So, if you eat too much and you don’t exercise enough, you are going to have a lot of excess fat, especially around your belly. Aging definitely plays a role. The older you get, the less muscle you have. And the more muscle you have, the easier it is for your body to burn off that unwanted fat and to stay healthy.
In addition to diet and exercise, there are surgical and non-surgical procedures that you can use to get rid of unwanted or stubborn belly fat. These include things like CoolSculpting®. Talk to our cosmetic professional at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre to learn more about the health benefits of these procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Guelph!