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What Has Your Beer Belly Got To Do With Beer Drinking?

What Has Your Beer Belly Got To Do With Beer Drinking?

What Has Your Beer Belly Got To Do With Beer Drinking?
By Chris Chew

Why is a bulging tummy called a beer belly? Has it got anything to do with drinking beers? It is quite obvious that people who drink beer regularly have a tendency to store fat in their bellies, especially so if the drinker is older. So is it really true that beer consumption can give you that beer belly?

As a matter of fact, it is not necessarily the beer that makes your tummy to grow bigger. It is the intake of too many calories that is the main cause. Therefore any kind of calories, whether from beer or what not can increase your tummy size.

However alcohol can and do a negative impact with your tummy fat because when you drink, your body stops metabolizing fat and burns the alcohol instead to get rid of the it faster because alcohol is poisonous to your body.

Beer also gets the blame for bulging belly fat because a typical glass of beer contains around 150 calories or so. Therefore can you imagine if you drink several mugs of beer every night, how many extra calories you will be taking in the months and years down the road and what can these calories do to your weight?

What's more, alcohol can also increase your appetite. So if you are drinking regularly, you will probably be eating much more than you usually will and that will make your tummy even bigger!

Men tend to store fat in their tummy area more so than women because the female gender have more subcutaneous fat and so their fat tends to be stored in their arms, thighs, and butts rather than in their bellies. This is the reason why you see more men with ugly bulging bellies.

Beer bellies affect older people more because as we get older, our calorie requirement decline as we become less active making gaining weight so much easier. Some studies has even suggested that smokers may also be depositing more fat in their bellies than non smokers.

Besides aesthetically unsightly, having a beer belly can also be a health hazard. This is because beer belly fat is known as visceral fat and they can cause potentially fatal diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

Doctors say that waist circumference exceeding 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women carry a much higher risk of heart diseases and metabolic problems. However, this is just a guideline and we ought to have our waist circumferences much lower than that.

So the big question is how do you get rid of your beer belly? The answer is very obvious. Decrease your alcohol consumption if you are a regular drinker or even be a teetotaller. By doing this, not only are you diminishing your calorie intake, you are also saving yourself because alcohol is a poison. Amongst many other bad health effects, alcohol can and do damage your liver as well as your brain.

You can further reduce your calorie consumption by drinking plain water instead of consuming sugar laden beverages like tea, coffee and soft drinks. In addition, increase your daily activities or start a regular exercise routine to burn even more belly fat.

Yes, drinking beer can give you an ugly and dangerous beer belly! Cheers!

Chris Chew is a health and fitness consultant. If you really want to lose that beer belly, then read Effective weight loss diet and How to lose weight quickly

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