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Why men (all) get belly fat with age

We all do tend to fatten up with age. And if the women gain weight, rather see their thighs and their buttocks rounder, In other side, men are more likely to pack on excess pounds — including belly fat if you eat too much and exercise too little, Why this difference?

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In their fifties or before, the vast majority of men see a small belly appear which will settle and grow if they are not careful. The first step towards a problematic accumulation since often followed by progressive storage of fats in the liver, the pancreas, or the muscles: which is bad for health and leads to diabetes and vascular diseases.

Fat is about 25% of body weight in women and 15-20% in men. This is explained by the fact that women carry children, so they have a greater reserve of energy, it is a system intended for the survival of the species “, explains nutritionist Laurence Plumley.

The difference in “place” of storage between men and women can be explained by hormonal and genetic causes. The presence of estrogen in the female body explains why women store in the hips and thighs while men, bathed in testosterone, store more fat in the abdominal belt. A poor diet does the rest, as does the regular consumption of sparkling drinks and beer that make your stomach bloat.

The problem is that there is also the deep fat, which surrounds the viscera. This fat arrives after the bead releases fatty acids in large quantities in the blood. Corollary: diabetes, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, … He’s a nasty fat guy, but there’s good news: he’s very responsive to diet and physical activity! As soon as you change your diet, that you eat less, this is quickly felt: the large adipocytes melt (but to be rebuilt as quickly as soon as lipids arrive in quantity). The profile of those who have such excess fat: overweight men with well-rounded and hard stomachs because the fat pushes the abdominal muscles back. This is called “android type” obesity. Which can also concern postmenopausal women, the question of hormones …

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