I’ve been a little obsessed with the upcoming Olympics lately, especially the swimming competitions. I sat glued to the television during the US qualifiers and have even been keeping up with some of the other countries’ qualifiers too – especially the Australians earlier this spring. So, when I saw that the current issue of Men’s Health Magazine had a story on the Olympics, I picked it up. Well, the Olympics story was lame, but there were several really useful, short, well written articles that I found very compelling. Topics in the publication range from how to pick up women at the gym to how to eat better and everything – I mean EVERYTHING – in between.
One of the more serious pieces, and one definitely worth reading, is entitled “How Belly Fat Attacks.” The story goes into some new discoveries around how different types of fat impact your body. Fat above the waist, in men, is more dangerous that fat below the waist. This is because fat in the abdominal region is usually growing around your important organs – liver, kidneys, heart, etc. – and doing all sorts of bad things to them.
Now, there are also a ton of other articles in the same issue that tell you how to eat better and avoid the belly fat, or how to work it off once you’ve gained it. There are also advertisements for everything you can possibly want to do to get in shape, stay in shape or date people who are in shape. And, honestly, these articles are a little bit more fun. But it’s great to see that a publication like Men’s Health is managing to balance the serious with the fun. I’ll definitely pick up the next issue.
P.S. – the belly fat story is here.