You have a beer belly that you want to get rid of but you love beer and don’t want to give it up? Can you have your cake and eat it too?
If you understand how you get a beer belly in the first place, then you’ll know the answer to this question.
However, if you would like to make progress with losing your beer belly, you’ll have to be prepared to accommodate a few changes. The good news is that I’m not going to tell you to give up beer.
The Truth About Beer and Belly Fat
The thing about beer is that it is usually vilified when it comes to weight gain. The term “beer belly” alone makes this fact all to real.
Having a beer belly just means you have excess belly fat which can also be present in people who don’t drink beer. There are also people who drink a lot of beer and still do not have a beer belly. There are people who do drink beer who have six pack abs.
The truth is that beer isn’t to blame for anyone having a beer belly but it isn’t all that innocent either.
The real reason why beer drinkers can get a beer belly stems from the food choices that are usually paired with their drink of choice.
Usually in bars, you wouldn’t find the most healthy food but instead, you’ll find stuff like fried chicken wings, french fries, hamburgers, pizza and other greasy, fatty and high calorie foods.
This can lead to the intake of a high amount of calories even though the beer itself may only be a small percentage of that amount.
To further complicate things, whenever alcohol is introduced into your system, the body goes to work trying to metabolize the alcohol first before anything else. This means other calories (including those from the beer and food) would get ignored and stored while the body is getting rid of the alcohol.
In the end, having surplus calories over time will lead to weight gain. Fat is more likely to be stored around the belly section in men than in women where it is typically deposited in the butt, waist and other areas.
Can You Still Drink Beer?
Now that you know the truth about why beer gets blamed for beer bellies, I think we can agree that a few beers now and then won’t do much damage as long as you drink responsibly.
You can still drink beer and not pack on the pounds.
If you’re planning to get rid of your beer belly, it is advisable to cut down on the number of beers you usually have so you can achieve your goal weight.
Eating healthier and following an exercise regimen should also be a part of your plan for losing your beer belly.
One tip you can try to counter the unhealthy bar food is to eat a healthy low carb, high protein meal before you go to the bar. This way you would feel more satisfied and won’t feel the need to chow down on greasy wings and fries.
Another thing you could do is instead of sitting at the bar drinking, you could engage in physical activity such as dancing or playing some pool while hanging out.
Following a structured plan that puts your body into a 24 hour fat burning mode like this one, will also help you to constantly burn fat even if you have a couple of beers.
- Cut down on the number of beers consumed
- Eat healthier meals
- Follow a structured plan to burn fat