20+ Dangers of Being Overweight
There is nothing more dangerous to your health than being
significantly overweight or obese. A big spare tire will not spare your
sex life. Think I'm exagerrating? There's no more sure of
way destroying your manhood and shortening your life than putting on enough extra pounds around your midsection.
Obesity is very, very common in industrialized societies and particularly in
America. CDC stats show that about one out of three adults over the age of 20 in
the U.S. are obese (and another third are overweight).  This is a huge
burden on society and families as the obese are MUCH more likely to experience
the debilitating diseases of middle age and beyond. (See below.) The two
O's - Obesity and being Overweight - are so hard on the body that it
can shorten lifespan by an estimated ten years.  And, of course, that does not
take into account the dramatically lowered quality of life and productivity that
the obese usually experience the last decade of two or their lives.
The U.K. has high obesity rates as well with estimates at about 20% of all those
between 16 and 75  and the German population is similar. 
Again, this is an issue of almost all of the wealthier cultures.
Before, I go on, let me point out that if you are 50 pounds or more overweight,
it is very possible that you have given yourself secondary hypogonoadism.
What happens is that, as those pounds increase, your body is flooded with
aromatase, which converts your testosterone into estradiol, the "bad" estrogen.
As this ratio worsens, it can literally shut down the signaling at the
hypothalamus that is necessary for signaling to the testes to produce
testosterone. Men who lose 50-100 pounds of weight can double their
testosterone and I show you some of the studies in my page on Testosterone
and Weight Loss. Also, don't forget that most men will underestimate how overweight they str by 10-20 pounds, so, if you
think you need to lose 30 pounds to get some abs, it is probably more like 45 or 50 pounds. Losing this much weight
can powerfully change your testosterone-to-estradiol ratio.
STEP 6: Step 6 in my "Peak Testosterone Program" is dropping those
extra pounds in order to reap all the Incredible Benefits that I list below.
Most of the men that end up on my site have a common set of symptoms:
fatigue, lower testosterone, erectile dysfunction, depression, etc. The
risk for ALL of these is increased for the obese. If you're overweight at all, it's time to
get serious about what body fat does to you. Here's just a few of the
nasty endocrinological and metabolic firestorms that those fat cells are
unleashing into your tissues (especially the ones affecting your penis):
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- Estrogen. Extra fatty tissue increases aromatase levels, leading to extra
in the male body. This is deadly over time, leading to decreased testosterone.
Estrogen is also highly suspected of playing a role in prostate cancer.
- Bad Sex. Those extra pounds are correlated with bad sex. No guy wants a
poor sex life but some do not want to admit that the spare tire is dragging down
their performance in the bedroom. 
- Erectile Dysfunction and Impotence. Being overweight is also a strong predictor of erectile dysfunction.
- Low Testosterone. Being overweight is also associated with decreased free and total testosterone.
- Inflammation. Fat cells, or adipose tissue in the literature, churn out
cytokines, raising inflammation throughout your body, which is bad for the heart
- Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance. Increases a hormone called resistin that leads to, you guessed it, insulin
resistance, a.k.a. Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is the curse of
- Prostate Cancer. Increased risk of prostate cancer  and
other cancers. Researchers recently discovered that one reason this occurs
is that one of the lipase enzymes that the body uses on stored fat actually turns on cancer cells into aggressive
thrivers and growers.  In other words, your spare tire literally feeds and
fuels cancers, which explains why obesity and
cancer so often go hand in hand.
- Decreased Fertility. Greatly decreased Fertility. The
decreased testosterone and extra fat in the area of your scrotum kill and injure
- Blood Clots and Stroke. Increase plasminogen activator inhibitor which increases clotting which leads to
increased risk for stroke and heart attack.
- Arteriosclerosis and Heart Disease. Increases IL-6 leading to augmented blood vessel inflammation which in turn leads
to increased artheriosclerosis.
Decreases an anti-inflammatory compound called adiponectin, which leads to
increased levels of IL-6 and arterial inflammation.
A 2013 study showed that being overweight accelerates hardening of the
arteries in those middle-aged and beyond.  When you are younger and
overweight, this same study showed that your body can usually protect itself and
heal, but that is NOT the case in those both overweight and middle-aged.
- Hypertension and Blood Pressure. Extra body fat increases a bodily chemical called angiotensis that raises blood pressure, one
of the key enemies of your sexual and circulatory life.
- Dementia. Increased risk of dementia due to excess abdominal fat in midlife. 
- Apnea and Sleep Disorders. Increases
your likelihood for apnea, the sleep disorder where air is temporarily cut off during
sleep.  Apnea is associated with many disorders and problems, not to mention
the fact that you never feel rested!
- Free Testosterone. Increased weight is associated with increased insulin which in turn is
associated with decreased SBHG. SBHG binds to testosterone so
theoretically this should increase free testosterone. But what actually
happens is that because overweight individuals have such increased levels of
aromatse in their body, the testosterone is quickly converted to estrogen.
I document the
dangers of Estrogen to the male body here.
- Leptin. Leptin is produced in fatty tissue and so, of course, the more weight you have
the more leptin you produce. Leptin increases blood pressure, especially
in individuals with a mutated or missing PTP1B gene. 
And leptin resistance can lead to insulin resistance and loss of appetite
control, i.e. which will likely mean more visceral and subcutaneous fat,
- Gynecomastia. Being overweight can add gyno tissue, from the elevated
estradiol levels, to your chest/breast tissue. If you let this go on long
enough, the tissue can harden and can only be surgically removed.
Diabetes. Over 18 studies have shown a powerful link between obesity and
the development of type II diabetes. 
- Cancer. Obesity is powerfully
linked with many types of cancer, including Esophagus, Pancreas, Colon/Rectum,
Kidney, Thyroid and Gallbladder. 
- Alzheimer's. Did you know that Alzheimer's is called "Type III Diabetes",
because it is so powerfully linked to obesity? 
- Inflammation. If
there is anything more dangerous to your long term health than elevated
inflammation, I don't know what it is. Inflammation greatly increases your
risk factor for many autoimmune disorders such as arthrites and heart disease,
as well as cancer as mentioned above. Both the two O's - Obesity and being
Overweight - increase your one's CRP (C-Reactive Protein), the best overall
marker that we have for systemic inflammation. 
There are a dozen ways to lose weight and it doesn't matter that much which one
you pick. My personal favorite way to lose weight is with a Low Fat Diet. The
reason is simple: you rarely feel hungry. Low Fat foods, assuming they are a)
whole, b) non-wheat, c) low sugar and d) medium or high fiber make you feel
full. They deliver few calories for their weight. For example, let's take a
sweet potato. If you ate two medium sized sweet potatoes, you would be
only get 40 grams of carbohydrate and a sweet potato has lots of fiber and fills
up your stomach. This will trigger your "stretch receptors" and tell you
that you are full. And you would have only eaten 200 calories!
All the whole plant foods are the same way. Most men who go on a true Low
Fat Diet lose weight slowly and steadily without any hunger and their health and
sex life dramatically improve. However, you have to eat a low glycemic Low
Fat Diet and not cheat.
But there are many other diets that can help you lose weight weight. Just
EXERCISE? Do you have to exercise to lose weight? Technically you don't have to, but moderate exercise is a
great idea for two reasons: 1) it burns calories (cardio) and 2) helps retain muscle (strength or weight training). Moderate exercise does
not increase appetite much whereas intense exercise can really make you hungry. But even moderate cardio can shave off substantial pounds. For example,
if you do enough cardio to lose 300 calories per day, you would lose 30 pounds in a year. And it is critical that you do some kind of strength training
or you will lose significant muscle as you lose weight, an ugly prospect to most men.
Be cautious about cutting calories too fast and too deep: it can whack
your testosterone. For example, after just a few days of fasting, you
testosterone levels can lower by a third or more.  Not only does
dropping calories too fast whack your total testosterone, but it also raises
SHBG.  SHBG is Serum Hormone-Binding Globulin, a protein that binds to the
lion's share of your testosterone. The little bit left over, around 2% of the
total, is what your body can actually use since it is bioavailable. So, if
you increase SHBG through dieting - and incresing SHBG is a problem for aging
males anyway - more testosterone is bound leaving you with less free
testosterone. So how many
calories should you cut? Well, one study found that subjects that lowered
caloric intake by 15% did not experience a loss in total testosterone.  Again, it is
better to lose weight gradually, relying on exercise and a balanced diet than
the typical crash and burn programs that so many people engage in. And, if you
will follow the Low Fat (or Ornish) Diet, you can lose weight and barely cut
back on calories at all, thus avoiding a nasty fall in total and free
testosterone.Be cautious about using the Atkins Diet (very low
carbohydrate and high saturated fat/animal proteins) to lose weight, especially
long term. This diet has been shown to increase CRP (C-Reactive Protein)
levels by 30-40% and CRP is a key marker of heart disease. 
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