If you have a “beer belly” you are not alone in this. The belly of beer lovers around the world, especially men, tends to grow, especially with age.
But is beer causing the “beer belly”? Not all beer drinkers have a “beer belly”. Even some non-drinkers can get ‘beer bellies’. So what is the real reason why this situation occurs in men and some women?
This belly is not a case of beer. Taking too many calories can also turn your thin belly into a protruding belly over your pants. All kinds of calories (from alcohol, sugary drinks, large portions…) can increase the fat content in your belly.
Generally, alcohol intake is associated with a larger belly. Because when you drink alcohol, your liver burns the alcohol instead of burning the fat in your body.
Another reason why beer is held responsible is that it is very easy to get calories from alcohol. An average beer contains 150 calories. And if you tip a few in one sitting, you are facing a serious calorie load.
And don’t forget about the calories that come from the food you eat with those beers. Foods consumed with alcohol while drinking beer at a bar or at a party are usually high-calorie foods such as pizza, wings, and french fries.
Men and women have similar fat storage patterns at an early age. But with the onset of puberty, this situation changes. Women have more subcutaneous fat than men. In other words, those fats composed of excess calories are stored in the arms, thighs, and buttocks as well as in the belly. But because of the low subcutaneous fat in men, the fat usually accumulates in the belly.
Yes, as we mentioned earlier, women can also have beer bellies, although not as often as men. It has more to do with the manner in which our bodies store up fat. A woman will in general store fat in their thighs, arms, and posterior, men will in general do as such in their bellies.
There is, unfortunately, no magic tried and proven way to burn belly fat, other than cutting calories and doing more physical activity. Because of the relationship between the calories you get from alcohol and your belly fat, drinking less alcohol is a good place to start.
Sit-ups and other abdominal exercises strengthen your abdominal muscles. But cannot completely destroy your belly. The only way to lose belly fat is to lose weight.
Sports like swimming, running, cycling, and tennis are some of the best ways to melt your belly. Any form of exercise is more effective than dieting alone.
The good news is that your belly fat tends to burn first when you start losing weight. Internal organ fats have a more active and faster breakable structure than other fats. So they will usually be the first to go, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.