South Africa, You’re Fat! Here’s What To Do

4 out of 10 South African men are either overweight or obese, according to a study

Leigh Schaller |

South Africa is the biggest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, at least when it comes to waistline size. Four out of ten South African men are either overweight or obese, according to a study published in Lancet. News of the study ironically arrived in June, which is recognised in many countries as National Men’s Health month.

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As we all know, being overweight can have serious health implications with strong links to type 2 diabetes, heart disease as well as certain types of cancer. It’s your move. If you don’t want to be a statistic, you’re not alone. We’ve assembled winning advice from the men who’ve successfully completed their Belly Off Challenges.

Find something worth sweating for… 

Like your life and wife:  

“In 2010, I started having serious chest pains and was admitted to hospital, my doctor and cardiologist said that tests came back negative for a swelling of the arteries near my heart but if I didn’t lose the weight, I wouldn’t be so lucky in future. I was stubborn and continued to eat unhealthy, until I started having chest problems again, I was admitted again and that was my wake up call. I had weighed a hefty 134kgs with a size 48 waist, I didn’t want to take a third chance with my life and having just married the most amazing woman, that alone was something worth fighting for,” explains Niel Pillay who took control of his health by joining the Belly Off Challenge and lost 30 kgs in 18 weeks.

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Or improving your confidence:

“After being single for three years, very unhappy about my weight and always feeling uncomfortable, I decided enough was enough. It was time to do something about it and change my life,” says Scott Maltby who shed 31kg.

Or entering your 40’s with visible abs:

“My goal was to get a best body at 40,” says Johan du Plessis who shed 10cm from his waist and chest.

He’s not alone. Our readers who’ve reached the 40 mark also think it’s time to upgrade their bodies:

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Related: How This Man Cut His Weight In Half

Develop a battle plan:

If losing your belly is a war, then the Belly Off Website should be your home base. Besides marking other participants’ progress you can also download a training and eating program every week for twelve weeks.

Now that you’ve gotten off your arse–harness your support network:

Losing weight is no easy challenge, make sure you’ve got people who’ll support you like Scott Maltby.

“Going from a tight size 40 to a size 34 and, looking at my jeans and saying ‘Do I really fit into those?’ I no longer feel fat and I’m not constantly sweating. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without support from loved ones, my girlfriend and my gym partner,” says Scott Maltby who lost 31 kg in 10 months.

Related: This Is How Scott Maltby Lost 31kgs in 10 Months

Lastly, revel in the benefits:

“My self-image is through the roof, I’ve got more energy. It’s not a body change, it’s a mental change, and there are a lot of health benefits to that,” says Ettienne van der Merwe who shed 11kgs.

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