Every time you stand before a mirror and feel embarrassed by your pot belly, you wonder how you can burn that excess fat and build at least a well-toned abdomen, if not six-pack abs. Well, it is not as insurmountable a goal as you think.
Men typically have a tendency to carry an excess amount of fat deposits in their abdomen. According to a study, the average weight of a man today is estimated to be around twenty-four pounds more than the average weight of men during the 1960s. People with an excess amount of fat in the belly are more prone to diseases even though they are otherwise slim and fit.
The fat which is accumulated inside the tummy area is medically known as visceral fat, which can contribute to life-threatening diseases. It is a type of fat which could increase the chances of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Most healthcare professionals and organizations utilize Body Mass Index (BMI) instead of overall body weight to forecast the risk of metabolic diseases.
What is fat accumulation?
Fat accumulation refers to excess deposits of stubborn fat tissue in certain parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, neck, upper arms, thighs, hips, back, and shoulders. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating, heredity factors, and certain illnesses can cause unwanted fat accumulation in both men and women.
Many men may lead a fairly active life and eat a balanced diet, but still suffer from a protruding belly, which could occur due to their genetic makeup. Lipomas, which are also termed as small bumps, may occur beneath the skin due to excess fat, and compromise the skin appearance and create uneven contours.
How to measure your waist for excess fat?
You may be wondering how to determine your precise waist size to understand whether you have excess fat in the abdomen. Here are a few simple steps you can follow to accurately measure your waist:
- Stand upright with your hands set free and then place a tape measure around your waistline.
- You have to ensure that the tape is properly leveled without pushing too much into your skin.
- Now try to relax and exhale while measuring your waist.