Beer as being one of the most traditional and manly beverages has been more widely consumed than any other alcoholic drink.
Nevertheless of it’s taste and popularity, beer is full of calories and high in carbs, and high consumption can leave you with an unattractive accessory, the infamous ‘beer gut’. Following these tips below, you can help reducing the unwanted tire around your waistline, whilst still enjoying a cold schooner with the boys!
Best Ways to Blast the Beer Belly:
- Reduce your carb intake from other sources -Don’t combine beer with high carb foods such as pasta, pizza or chips. Alcohol raises your blood sugar levels, leading to high insulin that promotes fat storage!
- Toxicology – When we drink alcohol the body treats it as a toxin, and stops worrying about everything else, including digestion and fat metabolism just to get rid of the harmful stuff. Therefore the foods you eat will not be digested and absorbed properly.
- Reduce your overall calories consumed throughout the day – at the end of the day, weight loss is about calories in vs. calories out. This means if you want to lose body fat, you need to burn more calories than what you consume. Unused calories end up as stored fat especially around the belly. Men generally tend to store more around abdominals, whilst women do more around the butt and thighs. Unfortunately abdominal fat carries a greater health risk as it surrounds vital organs. According to the Mayo Clinic excess abdominal fat can lead to insulin resistance, Type II diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Heart disease, High triglycerides and some cancers.
- Eat before you drink – Filling up your stomach with food will stop you from getting buzzed too quickly and reaching for extra sips to make you feel full.
- Limit the amount –Beer cans, unlike soft drinks don’t have calories written on them so you don’t think twice about reaching for another. But each stubbie (375ml) contains about 13 grams of carbs and 135 calories. Five of those will yield to 675 calories, which leaves the average male (who needs 2500 calories to maintain weight) with 1825 remaining calories for the whole day. That is about the calorie amount of a salad and a couple light wraps, which let’s be honest isn’t the average consumption.
- Pick your drink wisely – opt for a Vodka Soda with Fresh Lime containing only 76 calories, 0g Fat, 0g Carbs.
- Choose low-carb beer – low carb beers contain 1/3 amount of calories! That doesn’t mean you can have unlimited amounts. Personally, if I had to choose I would rather go for less of the real deal, as opposed to a low carb option.
- Exercise! – Adding even just a couple days of high intensity aerobic exercise to your routine can help turning your body into a fat burning machine. Aim for 45-60 minutes of intense training such as boot camp, boxing, body attack, RPM or Cross fit!
- Work those Abs – Believe it or not directly underneath your beer belly there is a really nice set of abs, called the Transverse Abdominus. A lot of people who sit most part of the day don’t exercise this muscle, which is very important for good posture. To work these muscles you can use a simple technique: bu sucking in your stomach, concentrating on flattening your abs and pulling the belly button towards your spine, you can activate these muscles. Hold it for 20-30 seconds each time you stop at a red light, train station or take a phone call!
Boag’s Classic Blonde 4.5 percent alcohol 0.9g carbohydrates/100ml 113 calories per bottle
Hahn Super Dry 4.6 percent alcohol 0.9g carbohydrates/100ml 99 calories
Pure Blonde Naked 3.5 percent alcohol 1.2g carbohydrates/100ml 89 Calories / 355ml bottle