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Beer Belly Fat

Cut Beer Belly Fat & Alcohol Belly Fat

There is a common saying that if you drink alcohol, especially beer, that it goes straight to the belly - hence the popular term "Beer Belly". Drinking alcohol, especially excessive alcohol and beer is linked to weight gain and there are some studies that have linked drinking alcohol and beer to have a positive correlation with increase in waist size. However, there is some controversy on this subject as there are studies that have found conflicting evidence on whether drinking alcohol is directly linked to having a beer belly. There are also studies that have found that light to moderating drinking has various health benefits.

If you have beer belly fat and are trying to lose weight, you need to limit your alcohol intake. Each gram of alcohol contains 7.1 calories, which is second only to fat in calorie density per gram - protein and carbohydrates each contain 4 calories per gram. An average beer has around 130 to 150 calories. Drink five of these, and you're already up at 750 calories. If you drank one beer a day, that would be an extra 1050 calories that you consume each week. It can quickly add up. Weight loss and weight gain is dictated by one simple factor - calorie surplus or calorie deficit. If you are consuming more calories than you burn, there is only one place for the extra calories to go - stored as body fat as a long term energy source.

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Alcohol Belly Fat

It should be pretty obvious that over drinking alcohol is a major contributor to weight gain because of the excess calories alcohol provides. As your body has excess calories, it stores them as body fat over your entire body, but because our bodies tend to carry extra fat around the belly area, it tends to get more of the fat deposits, and hence the "beer belly".

There are numerous studies done on alcohol and weight gain. Most studies cite a correlation between alcohol intake and weight gain, there's conflicting evidence on whether alcohol contributes directly to having a beer belly.

In a study done by the German Institute of Human Nutrition, cases of over 20,000 men and women were analyzed for beer consumption, and a 8.5 year waist circumference change was assessed. The relationship between change in beer consumption and change in waist circumference was studied. Their study found a positive association of beer consumption and waist size in men, but not in women. Men who consumed more beer were found to be at higher risk for gain in waist size. Decreasing beer consumption was also found to increased odds of reducing waist size, but this was not statistically significant. They stud concluded that drinking alcohol and beer causes weight gain, which leads to an increase in waist size; however this does not support the belief that there is a site specific effect of beer on belly fat gain. [1]

Alcohol consumption on waist size in French men and women was analyzed in another study. 3500 French men and women were randomly selected, and alcohol consumption was assessed with a quantitative frequency questionnaire. Their results found that weekly alcohol consumption ranged from 0 to 1655ml, and wine was the main source of alcohol, representing 67% of total alcohol consumed. They found that total alcohol consumption was positively associated with waist-to-hip ratio and waist girth independent of BMI for both men and women. They concluded that alcohol consumption is associated with greater waist to hip ratio independent of BMI. [2]

How to Get Rid of Beer Belly Fat

Now that we've established that drinking beer and alcohol can lead to weight gain and give you that dreaded beer belly, what can you do to get rid of your beer belly fat? First things first - reduce and limit your alcohol consumption. If you're on a fat loss program, avoid drinking completely, and if you must have a few drinks, drink only in moderation. Regardless of whether drinking beer leads to gaining belly fat, it will lead to weight gain if drinking alcohol causes you to have a calorie surplus. When this happens, you will gain weight, and gain body fat.

If the second study above proves true that alcohol consumption is associated with greater waist size, then I have to tell you now that even if it is true that drinking alcohol directly leads to a beer belly, that when it comes to fat loss, there is absolutely no way to spot reduce! There is no magical diet formula or weight loss supplement that can help you specifically target your beer belly fat. If you find yourself carry around a beer gut, you will have to lose overall body fat to get rid of your beer belly. There's no other way around it - of course, unless you opt for surgery.

To reduce body fat and get rid of your beer belly fat, you need a good fat loss program that covers three key areas:

  1. A good diet and nutrition program that promotes a calorie deficit
  2. An intense cardio session that helps increase your metabolism
  3. A weight lifting routine that helps preserve and/or build some lean muscle mass

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1. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jun 24
Beer consumption and the 'beer belly': scientific basis or common belief?
Schütze M, Schulz M, Steffen A, Bergmann MM, Kroke A, Lissner L, Boeing H.
Department of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal, Germany.

2. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1998 Dec;22(12):1178-83.
Influence of alcohol consumption and various beverages on waist girth and waist-to-hip ratio in a sample of French men and women.
Dallongeville J, Marécaux N, Ducimetière P, Ferrières J, Arveiler D, Bingham A, Ruidavets JB, Simon C, Amouyel P.
INSERM CJF 95-05, Département d'Athérosclérose, Institut Pasteur de Lille, France.

 
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