Everyone tends to gain weight at some point in their life. For many men, it tends to happen when their lives slow down, their metabolism slows down, and they care less about the “few pounds” they’ve put on. Many guy who are just out of university or college, starting on their careers, are often prone to put on weight because they have less time to spend working out, eating healthy and taking care of their bodies.
There is also a tendency to think that putting on some weight as you get older is expected and in fact inevitable, so you are less likely to be very concerned when you have to increase your pants by one size. Putting on weight in small increments makes it hard to notice. However, small changes in weight can lead to bigger problems later on. Before you know it, your weight may become a health problem, so before that happens, learn more about male weight issues and how to prevent them.
Weight gain, for most people, is a gradual thing that goes unnoticed until one day you look at a high school picture and realize that you have gained 35 lbs since you graduated! It’s common for people to simply buy larger clothes, always telling themselves that it’s just a temporary thing and that as soon as they “get back in shape,” they’ll fit back into their regular clothes.
We tell ourselves stuff like this all the time, but rarely do we stick to this plan. After a couple of years of carrying around an extra 25-30 lbs, you get rid of those clothes that once fit you and settle into life as a moderately overweight person. It’s often not until your doctor tells you that your health is at risk that you can really see what has happened.
Male Weight Gain
Men and women gain weight differently and store tend to store fat on their bodies in different areas. Women often carry weight in their hips and bum area, while men are likelier to carry excess weight in their stomachs. Carrying weight in this area can lead to an increased risk of heart disease later in life. So, if you think that the little beer gut that you are packing is no big deal, think again!
Sometimes it’s very difficult to tell if a person is considered overweight, particularly men, many of whom tend to carry their weight well. For example, a friend of mine went for a regular check-up to his doctor who took his weight. He was just an average guy with no beer belly or excessive weight that was discernable to the naked eye. This is why the doctor was surprised to discover that my friend was categorized, according to his Body Mass Index (BMI) score that he fell into the obese category. Of course no one was more shocked than my friend to discover he was “obese”!
Your BMI is one way to tell if you are considered healthy or unhealthy when it comes to your weight. If you score outside of the healthy range, then you may be at serious risk of suffering from problems associated with carrying excessive weight, such as heart disease. A simple search on the internet will turn up thousands of sites that offer BMI charts so you can tell where you fall.
However, because your BMI may not take all pertinent factors into account, you should also keep track of your waist measurement since this type of weight storage is particularly dangerous to one’s health. According to most calculations, a weight size of 40 inches or more puts you in the obese category, while 37-39 inches means you are overweight.
Risks Associated With Male Weight Gain
The chances of you suffering from excessive weight increases if you smoke, drink alcohol excessively, eat a high-fat diet and/or have obese or overweight parents. Plus, our current western lifestyle means that we are spending more time behind desks at our office jobs and less time doing physical activities.
Add to this the North American tendency to eat larger than healthy food servings and our propensity for “vegging out” with junk food while sitting in front of the television or the computer for hours at a time, and there are many additional factors that we must consider when talking about the risks of gaining weight and the risks of dealing with weight gain.
If you are overweight or obese, there are also significant health risks that you should be aware of, including heart problems, diabetes and cancer. Carrying weight around your stomach is very hard on your heart, one of the most important reasons to be careful of any weight gain you may experience.
Plus, there are other problems that you can experience as a result of weight gain. You may have trouble sleeping because you may abnormal sleeping patterns or snoring.
Your sex drive may decease which will be a real downer on your relationship. Your back, legs and feet may begin to hurt from carrying around the extra weight too!
Prevention And Other Tips
There are many simple ways to prevent weight gain to ensure a healthy life:
- Eat a healthy diet that is low in fat. Monitoring your food intake by keeping a food diary.
- Stay active, no matter what age you are at. If you can’t do the same physical activities you could when you were 16, take up new sports and activities that don’t require the same youthful strength and energy.
- Pay attention to your weight, know your BMI and consult your doctor about any weight gain or weight issues you may have.
- Limit your alcohol consumption
- Before you eat, think about whether you are hungry. If you are eating out of boredom or habit, you are likelier to put on excessive weight.
- Take the stairs whenever possible. Walk to the neighborhood store when you need something. In summer, take your bike to work instead of driving.
There are many other ways to keep fit, active with a balanced weight. Let’s face it – the obesity rate among North American men is rising every year. Unless men accept this fact and try to do something about, we are in for an obese future.