Pot bellies are not just for cute little pigs. More and more men can be seen with a pot belly, just on a much larger scale. Generally, you will not get a woman to stop and comment how cute your pot belly is, as they would to an adorable round pig.
The reality is that our bodies are constantly being measured and in mirrors at the gym and on our very own bathroom scale, we are measuring ourselves. It is a never ending battle. Not only is the way you feel and look not what you want, but your health is at risk.
Fat cells, every little one in your body, is filled with a greasy substance called lipids. The average American has roughly 30 billion fat cells in their body. We you intake that delicious doughnut, crunchy potatoe chips, or that much needed Twix bar, your fat cells can expand up to 1,000 times their original size. The fat cells can only get so big, and then they duplicating, and so on. The sad thing is, once your body has a fa cell, you are stuck with it. So as your cute little pot belly continues to grow, the more fat cells your body produces. This makes getting it off that much harder.
Many of us, including women, tend to store fat in our bellies. Women tend to get it in their thighs and buttox, right along with the belly area. Belly fat is not attractive and is where health dangers begin. Your belly fat does not just sit there and do nothing. It releases substance that can be harmful to your body and functions like a seperate organ. For example, it releases free fatty acis that actually impair your ability to break down insulin. Insulin is a hormone and if your body has too much can lead to diabetes.
Heart attacks and strokes are also at an increased risk when you are carrying the excess fat. The fat secretes substances that increase your risk, as well as the stress hormone cortisol. Unfortunately, for all of you out there with a big belly, your abdominal fat is the blame for many health problems. This fat resides very close to your heart, liver, and other major organs. As your belly grows (almost looking like your are 7 months pregnant), it presses on the organs, feeds them poisons, and messes with their daily functions. Who would have known that a fat belly could do so much harm?
The easy part was putting the weight on. It infuriates me when I see a thin person eating whatever they want. For most of us, we are not that lucky. I don’t say not to eat what you like, but be concious of what goes into your mouth. Be sure to excersise. Not only is it great for your body, but your mind as well. There are so many free online tools and support groups to help you along the way. Take control of your health before it is too late. You and your body will be glad you did.