Men’s Fitness

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How to deflate your belly bulge

To some, it’s a “skinner-tube.” To others, a “muffin-top.” It’s the layer of stomach flab that hangs over pants. This abdominal fat poses serious health risks. Doctors have warned us about this for years, but Americans ignored the warnings. In theory, weight loss is shockingly simple — "Burn more calories than you take in." In practice, following the rule takes work. A combination of three actions appears to be best for reducing dangerous abdominal fat:

  • Reduce the number of calories you consume (dietary changes)
  • Increase the number of calories you burn (aerobic activity)
  • Increase your metabolism (strength training)

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Hiring a personal trainer

A personal trainer can serve as a consultant to help you design a workout — at home or at a health club — that will meet your needs. Or the trainer can work with you regularly, motivating you through each workout. You may also consider hiring a personal trainer if you are aiming toward a specific goal, wish to update your exercise program, are returning to exercising after an illness or injury, need motivation or have been inactive and feel out of shape. You should follow these guidelines when looking for a personal trainer.

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A healthy model for a man’s breakfast

The bacon and eggs with butter-smothered white toast that you remember from childhood is clearly not a good start by today’s nutrition standards. And while the doughnut and coffee you grab on the way to work may have fewer calories and less fat than the artery clogging breakfasts of old, nutritionally it's of little value. To start your day right, you need a new breakfast model, one that fits your busy lifestyle and provides the energy you need to sustain that life.

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