Weight loss for men in Dallas- Fort Worth; Why Men Should Be More Concerned About Weight Loss
Dr. Divya Javvaji, MD
Prime MD Plus
Apart from men who do sports, are interested in personal fitness, or are professional fashion models, weight loss in men is most times feminized.
Many written articles and tips provided for weight loss are mostly focused on women.
Is weight loss only beneficial to the female population?
Most men who try to lose weight are prompted by their doctors and are intimidated by the impending health consequences of failing to do so.
The healthy benefits of weight loss in men are worth it and should be a compelling factor to every concerned man, especially those who are moderately obese or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over the normal range.
Here are some of the benefits of weight loss for men:
1) Increase in sexual health/performance
Testosterone is the major male sex hormone responsible for enlarging male organs like the penis, testes, and scrotum after puberty.
It is also responsible for secondary sexual development in males, and its level is proven to correspond to sexual drive and prowess in men.
Fat cells can produce enzymes that convert testosterone in males into other substances: Aromatase converts testosterone into ‘estrogen,’ a sex hormone of females.
Aldo-keto reductase converts testosterone to ‘5-dihydrotestosterone’, which is an inactive product of the male sex hormone.
Increase in fat cells (associated with obesity) that produce these hormones that decline testosterone levels can thus result in low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and resultant low esteem or even depression in affected men.
Increased adipose tissue is also associated with reduced gonadotropins (hormones from the hypothalamus-pituitary gland axis regulate gonadal functions), and boys with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism can have excess body fat.
Weight loss is thus a way to reduce these fat cells, get adequate testosterone levels in the blood, boost libido, increase self-esteem and prevent depression in the male population.
2) Reversal of gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is the development of breast tissue in men. It is due to the increase of estrogen levels in obese people; estrogen is a female sex hormone that causes breast tissue growth and deposition of fat cells in the breast.
Obese men have a greater chance of having gynecomastia than lean men. With weight loss, the fat cells that produce substances that convert testosterone to this estrogen can be reduced, and the extra breast fat formed will regress on its own with time.
3) Healthier joints and better muscle tone appearance
Obesity is a risk factor for secondary osteoarthritis, a degenerative cartilage disease characterized by joint pain and swelling.
While the primary form is associated with old age, secondary osteoarthritis could result from excess body weight in men.
Losing weight reduces the load burden on the male body, the joints, and the back; these contribute to having healthier joints.
Reduction in peripheral fat stores also accentuates muscle tone, which increases male physical attractiveness.
4) Improvement in respiratory symptoms
Obese men are prone to have cessation of breathing while asleep (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). In this condition, excess fat may compress the pharynx and lungs, which impedes breathing when lying down.
This is a significant cause of pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale (a heart disease that results from a primary condition of the lung).
Weight in men reduces these adverse lung health consequences. Symptoms of asthma and other primary respiratory conditions also improve in overweight people that lose weight.
5) Reduces risk of Colorectal cancer
Males are slightly more affected by Colorectal carcinoma than females. The dietary risk factors include consuming highly refined carbohydrates and fat meals and a low intake of vegetable fibers and fruits.
These colon cancer risk factors cause obesity too, and thus, restrictions on them will reduce body weight and the incidence of cancer in men.
6) Men are at risk of alcohol-induced excessive abdominal fat
Abuse of alcohol is commoner in men, and it results in the accumulation of fat in the belly region.
Alcohol is typically high in calories, and the more one drinks, the more likely the body is to store fat.
Abdominal fat (central obesity) is associated with a much higher risk for several diseases that result from excess body fat.
7) Reduction of Obesity-associated medical conditions
Men are not immune to negative health consequences of having excess body fat, which include:
Coronary Heart Disease: This could result from depositing fatty substances in the blood vessels that supply the heart itself. Symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, and easy fatigability could come up.
Hypertension: Thickening of blood vessels associated with obesity could result in high blood pressure in men too. The initial asymptomaticity of this condition makes it one to be particularly concerned about in obese persons.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Obesity is associated with resistance of tissues to insulin which results in hyperglycemia and the symptoms like excessive urination, thirst, and hunger (Polyuria, polydipsia, and polyphagia).
Stroke: Occlusion of vessels that supply the brain could cause the dreaded stroke, which may present with weakness in part of the body.
Gallstones: Obesity is associated with increased blood cholesterol levels and this excess of this cholesterol has to be removed from the body by the gallbladder in the form of bile. This increased cholesterol turnover could precipitate cholesterol gallstone formation.
8) Save money
If the undesirable health consequences of obesity set in, hundreds of dollars could be spent on drugs to treat the medical condition, depending on which one you develop.
The money could be saved by losing weight before the health complications set in.
Every concerned man should therefore see why it is important to lose excess body weight. Weight loss thus goes beyond physical gratification but hinges more on its benefit to physical, and mental health and increased quality of life.
There are a variety of management options available for men who are looking to lose weight.
Some men may benefit from medical weight loss programs that are supervised by a health care professional.
These programs can help men to learn about healthy eating habits and portion control.
For men who are severely overweight, weight loss surgery may be an option.
This type of surgery can help men to lose a significant amount of weight and improve their overall health.
For men who are not interested in medical or surgical interventions, there are non-invasive options available, such as Emsculpt NEO.
This type of treatment uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to sculpt the body and promote weight loss.
Emsculpt NEO is safe, effective, and does not require any downtime.
It is an ideal option for men who are looking for a non-invasive way to lose weight and improve their appearance.
How Prime MD Plus can help
Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating journey. You may feel like you've reached a plateau, no matter how hard you try.
At Prime MD Plus, we offer a medical weight loss program that can help with weight management.
We customize the program to fit each individual because we know that everyone is different.
Whether you've been struggling for a long time or you're just starting your weight loss journey, we can help you achieve your goals.
Our medical team will work with you to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle and needs including advice about a healthy diet.
We know that weight gain can be caused by many factors, and we'll help you identify the source of your weight gain so that you can start on the path to success.
It can be a struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise and may not work to help you lose weight fast or lose the significant weight you want.
If this is just not working, consider the new Emsculpt NEO platform, which can help you burn fat, build muscle, and improve your core quickly without surgery or medication and with no downtime.
Prime MD Plus provides you with treatment for weight loss for men in Dallas-Fort Worth non-invasively, with or without medication.
To learn more about losing weight effectively and the conditions we treat, check out primemdplus.com to schedule an appointment