You walk down the street, spot a glimpse of a man with a huge stomach, and automatically assume he loves his beer and that he drinks far too much of it. In most cases, your assumption would be right, but the consequence of too much beer goes deeper than just the waistline.
Many men have beer guts, as a result of consuming beer regularly, and the older the man is, the more a beer belly starts to become an issue. A beer belly occurs from the amount of calories in beer, and when more are consumed than burnt off, bulging in the stomach area starts to occur.
However, a beer belly can be a lot more dangerous than it looks, as excess weight around this region can cause a huge amount of health problems, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung problems
Once a beer belly has established itself, it is extremely hard to get rid of. This is because no amount of sit-ups and stomach crunches will cause the fat to disappear. Instead, it will only be shifted with overall weight loss, such as putting yourself on a strict diet plan, and sticking to it. Good diets include a lot of vegetables and wholesome foods. When dieting it’s best to avoid sugar altogether, combining your new food plan with the following, to name but a few:
- Drink green tea- Those who drink green tea whilst dieting are said to lose a considerable amount more of weight than those who don’t.
- Get plenty of aerobic exercise- This is the best form of exercise to increase metabolism, burn calories and reduce fat.
If you can’t see yourself dieting, then it’d be good to take part in an hour of exercise everyday, so that your body is moving, but not so that you’re in pain or uncomfortable. Activities should be low-intensity, so you don’t overdo it, and can include:
- Roller blading
Whilst cutting beer out of your diet altogether will help significantly, if you can’t bring yourself to do this then you should limit how much beer you have. Two beers a week, at 300 calories each is just about the limit, and although this doesn’t sound very much, over the course of the week it’s adding 2,100 calories to your intake.