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Taking it off… So you can get it on

Looking for inspiration for loosing that beer belly? I recently read an article from the Times of India about a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by Professor Gary Wittert, from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He reports that even modest weight loss could improve erectile function and increase sexual desire as well as lower urinary tract symptoms in obese men with type 2 diabetes.

The study discovered that weight loss of only 5 per cent resulted in a rapid reversal of sexual and urinary problems.The weight loss took place within 8 weeks, and continued to improve out to 12 months in the study of 31 obese men with type 2 diabetes.

The subjects of the study received a meal replacement-based low-calorie diet or a low-fat, high-protein, reduced-carbohydrate diet prescribed to decrease intake by 600 calories a day.

Professor Wittert stated. “Our findings are consistent with the evidence that not only erectile function, but also lower urinary tract symptoms are a marker of cardio-metabolic risk.”

So let’s break this down, what ‘costs’ 600 calories that might be in your current diet? (source: Calorielab.com)

  • Hardees, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit – 560 calories
  • 44 oz cup of Coke Classic – 327 calories
  • Whataburger, Large order of fries – 527 calories
  • Wendy’s, Big Bacon Classic – 580 calories
  • 2 tablespoons of KRAFT Ranch Dressing – 148 calories
  • 2 oz Snickers candy bar – 271 calories
  • 12 oz Beer – 150 calories
  • 8 oz Porterhouse Steak – 642 calories

It’s not rocket science to see that if you are even roughly aware of caloric content of your favorite foods, you could easily alter calorie intake by 600 a day. Either by passing on a ‘big ticket’ item, like a bacon cheeseburger; or reducing the amount of things you consume daily, say that second 44 oz soft drink that you use to wash down that candy bar. It’s as easy as eating healthy to lose weight.

I found reducing each meal by roughly 200 calories works best for me, by doing things like:

  • Making my own breakfast instead stopping by a fast food joint.
  • Ordering a small order of fries instead of a large.
  • Water instead of soda pop, or water first then a soda if you just gotta have one.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette instead of Ranch.
  • Grilled chicken instead of a burger or steak.
  • Having one beer instead of two.

According the Center for Disease Control, the average weight of the good ol’ American male is 194.7 pounds; a 5% loss of weight would be 9.74 pounds. In 8 weeks that’s 1.22 pounds a week.

Guys, that’s easy! Even in your midlife.  I’ve done it, and it’s not that hard to keep off.

The question you have to ask yourself is how bad to you want it? Better yet, ask your wife how bad she wants it!

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