When men gain weight, it invariably goes straight to their bellies. Call it what you want, belly fat is an unhealthy fat layer that’s packed among vital organs in the abdominal area. Fat within this area is called visceral fat, which can increase a man’s risk for serious chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
The majority of weight gained by men is usually from eating excess calories from not-so-healthy foods. Men should resist the temptation to choose belly-fattening foods to avoid an expanded waistline and the health consequences that may follow.
Here’s a look at what foods to avoid:
What is the better option? Air-popped popcorn. It still retains that crunch appeal but without all the belly-busting calories.
What is the better option? Yogurt-parfait popsicles. Cold and creamy, choose a brand made only with yogurt and fruit.
What is the better option? Light beer alternated with drinking sparkling water in between. Light beer has about 100 calories per can, and by drinking water helps men to feel fuller, quicker.
What is the better option? Pass on the calorie-laden processed meats, load up a pizza with veggie toppings like peppers, onions, and mushrooms instead, and stick to no more than two slices.
What is the better option? Replace all sugary beverages with plain water. This always has been, and always will be, the best beverage to drink. If you drink cola beverages for caffeine, choose black coffee instead.
What is the better option? Make smarter food choices when filling your plate. Steer clear of cheese-laden dishes, fried foods, or fatty sauces, and have moderate amounts of steamed vegetables, salad, grilled chicken, pork loin, or any fruit. If you struggle with portion control, steer clear of buffets.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911.