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Bust The Beer Belly

20 July 2015

Are you carrying extra weight around the middle? Do you want to get rid of the beer belly? If so then this week’s blog is for you.

Above all I want to highlight that I like an alcoholic drink as much as you! I’m not much of a beer drinker but I love my wine and gin. Although this blog is titled ‘Bust The Beer Belly’ the subjects I’m going to cover relates to all types of alcohol not just beer.

I’m going to talk about why alcohol is making you put on fat around the middle and how you can combat that. I’m not going to preach to you about how damaging alcohol can be to your health, you can google that for yourself. Also I’d be a bit of a hypocrite because I like to have a few drinks at the weekend. However what concerns me is when people moan and say things like: “I can’t seem to shift this weight around my stomach” or “what exercises can I do to get a flat stomach?” Then when I delve deeper I find out that they drink a bottle of wine every night! Or they binge drink every Friday and Saturday night. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘Everything in moderation’ which to be honest, I don’t really agree with but when it comes to alcohol and busting the beer belly then this statement holds some substance. Alcohol is definitely something that should be consumed in moderation, especially if you’re looking to lose fat around the middle or just lose weight in general.

Why Alcohol won’t help your belly:

  • Alcohol is full of toxins and sugar. If you consume alcohol on a regular basis the liver has to concentrate on processing the alcohol and not on helping you metabolise the fat around your middle.
  • Alcohol is highly calorific, the average bottle of beer contains about 150 calories the same for a small glass of wine. Not only does it contain a lot of calories those calories are empty calories which means they have no nutritional value.
  • Alcohol increases your appetite. Research has shown that boozing makes you hungrier and most people eat and snack a lot whilst consuming alcohol. Also the food choices people make alongside the drinks are not always the best, only compounding the calorific intake misery even further.
  • Alcohol increases your levels of cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Studies comparing increased cortisol levels in relation to alcohol consumption have been conducted since the 1950’s. A lot of recent research has shown that increased alcohol consumption actually increases your cortisol levels. Cortisol release temporarily shuts down your metabolic, digestive, reproductive, growth and even immune systems. So if you’re jacked up on cortisol you will store more fat around your stomach and struggle to grow muscle.

If your goal is to lose fat around your belly I would suggest looking at your alcohol consumption straight away. Start by recording either in a diary/notepad or on your phone every time you have a boozy beverage. I’d say if you’re going to drink in moderation, 2-3 glasses of red wine per week would be a good target and less if you can. Try to avoid beer, cider, white wine, champagne and alco pops as these are all full of sugar. Vodka/gin and slim line tonic are good alternatives, again 2 or 3 single measures of gin/vodka per week.

The brutal truth of busting the beer belly all lies with two important factors:

  1. Your goals. (lose weight, gain muscle, tone up, run a marathon etc.)
  2. Your desire/commitment to achieving those goals.

If you really want to lose weight around your midriff then you will cut down or even cut out your alcohol consumption. Try not drinking for a few weeks and notice the difference not just in your waistline but also how you feel in general.

To conclude this blog I want to say if you want to blast away that beer belly you’ve got to blast away the boozing. Less beer and booze = less belly!

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