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Belly Fat in Men: Why Weight Loss Matters, and How We Can Help

Belly fat can be a serious problem, and unfortunately, men have a higher tendency to develop belly fat (compared to premenopausal women).

In honor of Men’s Health Month, our team of expert providers discusses belly fat, why weight loss matters, and how medical weight loss programs at eleven19 Medical Spa + Weight Loss can help.

Why men have more belly fat

Men tend to store more belly fat than pre-menopausal women because their bodies absorb more dietary fat into their abdominal area. This excess fat is carried by larger chylomicrons (fat-carrying particles) and is stored in the belly. 

When all of the fat-carrying particles are stored around the organs in your belly, it can make your belly bigger. This is why men often have a more apple-shaped body compared to women. 

How belly fat affects men’s health

Belly fat — also known as visceral fat — surrounds your internal organs and is associated with various health problems, particularly in men. 

Unlike subcutaneous fat found just beneath the skin, visceral fat produces hormones and inflammatory substances that can disrupt your metabolism, increase insulin resistance, and raise the risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension.

Belly fat can also increase your risk of certain types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer and colon cancer. Researchers found that the link between belly fat and colorectal cancer was even more pronounced in men.

Belly fat can also take a toll on your mental wellness, decrease your self-esteem, and contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Why weight loss matters

It’s no secret that belly fat affects your mind and body in countless ways. That’s where weight loss comes into the picture. 

When you lose weight, you may:

Weight loss can even help you reverse certain conditions such as prediabetes.

How we can help you lose weight

The good news is that you can lose belly fat through healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly. 

Here at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss, we offer a medical weight loss program to boost your weight loss efforts and help you identify what lifestyle changes are best for you. 

We customize medical weight loss programs like the following to help you reach your goals:

We also offer hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, a weight loss plan that includes a very low-calorie diet — a diet that is closely monitored but falls in the 500-800 calorie range —  along with hCG injections and hCG pills. 

This hormone stimulates your body to metabolize fat, which is why it can help you lose up to a pound a day while you’re on it. This is not a long-term lifestyle, but once you reach your goal, we can help you adopt sustainable eating and exercise practices.

Sleep hygiene and stress management can also help your body reduce cortisol and lose weight.

Take care of your health

In honor of Men’s Health Month, prioritize your health and make a plan to tackle unwanted belly fat. Schedule your weight loss consultation with us in Tustin, Fullerton, or Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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