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How To Win The Battle Of The Bulge

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 29 May 2020

How To Win The Battle Of The Bulge


By the time we have reached our mid-fifties, it is not uncommon for men to have packed on extra physical weight. It is often usually sitting around the stomach and, while it is affectionately known as love-handles, it can be a symbol of future ill-health.

More than 30 per cent of the illnesses known to affect men are linked to being overweight[1]. These include arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. As men age past 50, taking proactive steps to rid themselves of excess body fat is one step towards maintaining a healthy weight.

In this article, we explore the concept of intermittent fasting. If weight management is an issue for you, you should develop a plan with a qualified health care professional and check whether this concept is right for you.

Intermittent fasting is a way to achieve a daily caloric deficit. This can force your body to turn to stored body fat to get the fuel you need to function.

Intermittent fasting involves periods of fasting and eating over 24 hours[2]. A 16-hour fasting and an eight-hour eating window is a popular approach to intermittent fasting. To achieve this, stop eating after your evening meal and don’t start again until 16 hours have passed. So, if you have your dinner at seven pm, you’ll start eating again at one pm the following day. In effect, you will be missing breakfast.

If it is medically safe for you to try this approach, begin by practising intermittent fasting three days per week. At the same time, add a 30-minute evening walk into your routine four days per week. The combination should allow you to drop approximately half a kilogram of body fat per week.

Battling the bulge will help you reduce excess body weight that often adds to health problems. By simply reducing the amount you eat in a measured way and maintaining other moderate exercise activity, you can make a significant change to your body and health.

Written by Steve T.

As well as being an author, Steve is experienced in helping people to reach their physical goals.

References

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Overweight & obesity. 2019-07-16

[2] Gunnars K. How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight. 2017-06-04

All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.