Being overweight isn’t something that any of us want to face in our lifetimes – but sometimes life gets in the way. 

Maybe it’s the stress of a relationship or your job, starting a family and losing out on time or even an injury that’s responsible for piling on the pounds – but it’s not the extra weight that plays the biggest burden, it’s the headspace that comes with it. 

There’s plenty of concerns and worries that keep overweight men up at night, but its the BIG 5 below that we’ve seen the most common in recent years with the guys who join our gym.

1. The embarrassment in public areas

Whether its taking the kids to the pool or visiting the beach, the embarrassment of taking your kit off can be too much for some of us to handle. 

If you notice fellas wearing clothes in the water – you’ll probably know why.

2. The fear of remaining attractive to their partner 

Remaining attractive to a partner is one of the most common issues that men face when they’ve put on a little weight. 

Thinking of a life without your soulmate can be a difficult thing to comprehend and there’s been plenty of sleepless nights pondering about it. 

3. The pain their body feels with the extra weight

It’s not just the mind that struggles with the extra weight, but the new aches and pains that you’ll find with the increased stress that you’re body’s seeing. 

It might be the hips, knees or ankles, but there’s bound to be some extra pains that you weren’t expecting. 

4. The difficulty in hiding man boobs

Shopping gets difficult when your body isn’t the size of the models and mannequins, but finding shirts that hide man boobs is among the most difficult of tasks known to man. 

Sure you can wear hooded tops and jumpers for eternity, but it’s not the same as wearing a soft tee or flattering shirt.

5. The lack of energy to keep everything ticking over

By far the biggest problem that comes with being overweight is the sheer lack of energy that you’ll face during day-to-day activities. 

Not only will you struggle to keep energised during the day, but obesity is known to lead to insomnia and difficulty sleeping. It’s not a coincidence that you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, it might be time to join that gym once more. 


Chris Bradley


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