Readers and clients often ask me about how they can lose weight around their mid-section. For most people, that is consistently a problematic area that doesn’t seem to go away despite efforts with diet and exercise.
Oftentimes, this extra weight comes from what we all know as the “beer belly.” That unsightly pudge that comes from too drinking too much alcohol, eating a variety of unhealthy/fatty foods, such as processed white flour, sugar and foods low in fiber.
The average can of beer contains 140 calories, and the averaged mixed-drink has over 600 calories. These can accurately be called “empty-calories” since your body gets no vital nutrients, vitamins or minerals. Regular intake of these empty calories can pave the way to weight gain.
Alcohol has been shown to interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize fats, causing it to store fat much easier. This combined effect can lead to the beer belly.
The Obvious One: Stop Drinking Alcohol
Not consuming alcohol will completely eliminate any problems. Many people do imbibe occasionally and responsibly though; if you truly enjoy a cold beer, enjoy in moderation.
Limit yourself to one or two alcoholic drinks per week. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume can lead to a dramatic reduction in your total calorie intake. Not drinking alcohol, or sodas, you quickly notice a drop in weight.
Take Action Against Alcohol: Exercise!
The more we move, the more we enhance our lives. Burning fat and keeping our cardiovascular system in optimal shape will help us rid our body of excess fat and toxins. Regular cardiovascular exercise will increase your heart rate, add strength, and tone your muscles.
Don’t focus on sit-ups and “belly-related” exercises, thinking that this will tone your flabby gut. The excess fat around your belly is the issue, and until you lose that fat, the weight will cover any of the muscles you are building.
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