Men's belly fat: Why weight loss matters

Fat in the belly is dangerous. Discover what causes belly fat, its health hazards, and how to lose it.

More hazardous is belly fat.

Keep belly fat in the skin's cushioning is difficult. As subcutaneous fat. Belly fat is visceral. Within the abdomen, it protects organs.

The genetics-age relationship

Eating and drinking more calories than they expend daily increases the risk of weight gain, especially belly fat.

Alcohol and belly fat

Alcohol produces beer belly. Alcohol worsens illness. Drink lightly. Everyday men drink double. Drinking less cuts belly fat and calories.

Identifying belly size

Men above 40 inches (102 cm) have unhealthy abdominal fat and a higher health risk. Health risks grow with waist size.

Smalling your midsection

Crunches work abs. Belly fat won't reduce. For visceral fat and other pounds, the same diet and exercise work.

Select portion sizes carefully.

Even healthy eating has calories. Reduce portions at home. Sharing meals in restaurants. Or eat half and take the rest home.

Maintain a nutritious diet.

Consuming moderate monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Fish, nuts, and vegetable oils contain them.

Be active.

The DHHS advises 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise like brisk walking or 75 minutes of intensive aerobic activity like running for most healthy persons.

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