The struggle to live as a fat man in the world is nothing short of frustrating. For years, I battled myself and the loved ones around me who tried to help me. I struggled to realize that the diseases linked to obesity were clearly coming my way. I was way off course from where I wanted to end up – Healthy with a happy healthy family… It was time for me to correct course.
The sequelae of being an obese man (or woman) is simply astounding:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Increased risk of Stroke
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Low Sex Drive
- Low Mood
- Low Energy
- Being out of breath when you bend down to tie shoelaces
- Sweating for no reason at all
Many of these issues stem from a single root which is Obesity – but how does that cause men (and women) increased risk of such debilitating diseases? The answer is in the balance of your hormones. Low Testosterone is a major contributing factor to many diseases and is caused by an increase in abdominal fat and dietary choices as well as the toxins that surround us in daily life.
High abdominal fat is a major contributor to low testosterone. Visceral fat and a high sugar/carbohydrate diet lead to an increase in Insulin levels, which causes the storage of more fat. These high levels of circulating insulin contribute over time to insulin resistance as our cells cannot constantly deal with the bombardment of this hormone. Through a multi-step process, high insulin levels lead to a shift in hormonal balance, causing decreased levels of testosterone and increased levels of estrogen. In a study in 2013 published in Clinical Endocrinology, it was shown that men had a significant decrease in circulating testosterone after a glucose tolerance test.
Another hormone that abdominal fat affects is Leptin – which basically puts the brakes on your appetite. High levels of circulating leptin can be caused by leptin resistance. A second study in the same journal showed that a high circulating level of leptin is associated with higher BMI and lower levels of testosterone.
Many of the toxins that we are swimming in are found in materials used to create food storage and packaging, receipt paper, water bottles and even that ever precious new car smell. A significant number of these toxins are hormonally active and that leave humanity living in a xeno-estrogen factory.
These toxins include (but are not limited to):
- Bisphenol A (BPA) found in many plastics and receipt paper
- Is known to mimic the effects of Estrogen
- Atrazine which is a herbicide that easily leaks into our water supply
- Acts as an Angdrogen antagonist, inhibits the effects of testosterone
- Pthalates which are found in paints and plastics
- Linked to increased waist circumference and lower fertility in men
So what can we do about this to keep our testosterone levels up and our hormone levels balanced. There are a few steps that we can all take to NATURALLY minimize our exposure to and the effects of abdominal fat and the toxins in our environment.
- Men – perform the CYSYP Test
- If you are not sure if you need to do something about your abdominal fat, perform this test at home.
- Stand up naked, look up, then look straight down and ask yourself “Can You See Your Penis?”
- If the answer is “NO”, it’s time to take action – no better motivation than this to change something.
- Eat cleaner, greener food
- Decrease Sugar and Processed Carbohydrate intake, helps to reduce insulin spike and the associated issues.
- Eat more Mono-unsaturated Fats (Avocados, olive, olive oil, nuts, seeds and nut oils) which help to transport cholesterol into the cells that manufacture testosterone.
- Eat Cruciferous vegetables (brussel sprouts, watercress, kale, mustard greens, cauliflower, broccoli and daikon are some examples) which help to convert estrogens to their least active forms.
- Eat Smaller Meals
- Use a smaller size plate when you take your portions – the visual cues of an empty plate can help to prevent over-eating.Eat Smaller Meals
- Avoid Using Plastic Containers
- Plastics contain many hormonally active toxins – whenever possible use glass containers or seek out Phthalate-free and BPA-free containers
- Never heat plastic containers, microwave or oven, as heating plastics will cause the release of toxins.Avoid Plastics
Hormonal imbalances are a common root cause of health concerns and can even lead to major preventable chronic diseases. Testosterone balance is important as it will allow you to experience the life you want to live, rather than getting by, simply existing.
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