We’ll start off right away with the good news: If you are obese, it will benefit your health to lose even a small amount of weight. Men who are obese can feel sluggish, have knee and hip problems, and are prone to other health issues – which is due to the excess pressure that all of those enlarged fat cells put on the rest of the body.
Let’s talk about how obesity can impact a man’s overall well-being, and where you can go for professional assistance in taking control of your health.
What Is Obesity?
Obesity can be defined by a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, which is calculated by the metric measurement of your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height squared (in meters, squared). Using this calculation, about 11% of men worldwide are considered clinically obese and 39% are clinically overweight.
The main problem with BMI is that it misconstrues a person’s body fat if the person is very muscular, such as athletes. Therefore, your doctor or healthcare professional will probably also include the circumference of your waist when evaluating your health status.
How Being Obese Can Affect Men’s Health
Obesity is an underlying risk factor for developing chronic disease. Examples of health issues that a man may develop due to obesity include the following:
- Heart disease
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Type 2 diabetes
- Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Colon cancer and other gastrointestinal-tract cancers
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Anxiety and depression
How Can I Lose Weight and Enjoy What I’m Eating?
Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, grains, lean meats, nuts, and low-fat dairy products is key to healthy body weight. Men who are obese or overweight should reduce their overall caloric intake, limit their consumption of alcohol and of processed sugary foods, lessen their intake of starches (such as white potatoes, bread, and pasta), and be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week.
Keep it enjoyable so that you stay on track. It is best to:
- Eat what you want, but reduce your portion sizes at meals.
- Replace high-fat snacks with fruits or nuts, such as apples and almonds.
- Drink plenty of water to keep the fluids moving through your body.
- Avoid sugary beverages, such as soda pop, fruit juices, and high-calorie sports drinks.
These daily habits will have a positive, cumulative effect on your overall health.
Professional Help for Weight Loss and Men’s Health
At NIVA Health, we have a 40-day program for weight loss and ultimate men’s health. We offer a Lifetime Wellness Program which delivers unbelievable results now, and we can continue to be your partner in maintaining amazing health for a lifetime.
Our stepped program changes your body and your metabolism on the molecular level through an individualized nutritional and activity plan which is yours and yours alone. Your plan will fit your unique needs, preferences, and goals.
With the Lifetime Wellness Program, you’ll eat real food in sensible portions along with natural supplements to give you the energy you need to remain active. Yes, you can achieve the right weight for yourself and keep it off for good.
Dr. Rafael Foss is the founder of NIVA Health, and he is also our weight loss program designer. Our weight loss clinics are located in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee), but we can serve you from any of our locations across the nation.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our friendly staff at NIVA Health today by calling us at (866) 377-5872 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your partner in total health and wellness!