The Truth Behind Your Beer Belly
What's really brewing inside your beer belly.
While most people across the globe idolize
six-pack abdominals, it's much more common to see a
beer belly. But do beers really deserve the credit for those
pooches so many carry on the front of their bodies?
Believe it or not, alcohol may not be the cause of all
beer bellies. After all, the infamous beer belly doesn't just
affect beer drinkers. Look at enough beer bellies and you'll see
them on people of all walks of life, drinkers and non-drinkers
alike. So what's the scoop on these humorously named guts?
Exciting as the term "beer belly" may be, it's not necessarily
caused by beers. (That's right - go tell all your friends they
need to come up with a new name for your pudge.) Instead, like all
other fatty buildup, it is brought on by nothing more than excess
These calories can come from all sorts of things. Eating too much
candy? That'll do it. Have a problem stopping when there is a
good-looking roast on the table? That can put your calorie intake
over the top as well. Cutting back on your
exercise routine without making cuts on your calorie intake?
You've just hopped on the fast track to fat buildup. Of course,
all fat buildup doesn't occur in the belly. So why is beer belly
While just about any part of your body can suffer the consequences
of your overeating, it tends to pool in the stomach region. This
is especially true for men. Women, on the other hand, are more
likely to have fat store in their buttocks, thighs, and arms. But
if you're a woman, don't think this makes you immune to beer
belly. It doesn't.
Though the growth can show up at any age, you're more likely to
wind up with a beer belly as you age. The reason? There are many.
Your beer belly can begin when you stop listening when your body
tells you that you're full. It then gets worse when you decide to
chow down on a bag of potato chips instead of an apple. And your
belly turns into a full-fledged keg when you stop visiting the gym
each day or drop your membership altogether.
If beer isn't ultimately responsible for beer belly, why is it
getting such a bad rap? Well, beer isn't completely innocent.
Otherwise, there wouldn't be such a big market for light beer. In
fact, beer can actually be the cause of a beer belly. Because
beers (and all alcoholic drinks) are often filled to the brim with
calories. And unfortunately, most of these
alcohol calories don't get used in the near future, as beer
drinkers frequently drink and immediately relax. Few people feel
like getting up and
exercising after a drink, so they don't. When this happens,
those calories have no way to get burned off, so they pile up
In addition to this high-calorie problem, alcohol is also easy to
overindulge in. Once the drinking starts, kicking back three or
four is an easy feat. Do this a few times a week, and you can wind
up with thousands of
excessive calories that have nowhere to go but your belly.
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