Years of drinking have turned your six-pack abs into a keg? A "beer belly," you're not alone. Beer consumers worldwide seem to gain belly fat, especially as they age and are males.
Too many calories, not beer, can change a slim waistline into a belly that protrudes over jeans. Any calories—from booze, sugary drinks, or large portions—can cause belly fat. Alcohol appears to be linked to midsection obesity.
Beer is also blamed since alcohol calories are easily overdone. A standard beer has 150 calories, so drinking many might lead to calorie excess.
Remember the calories in the meals you drink with those drinks. Alcohol boosts appetite. Pizza, wings, and other fried dishes are typically served at beer parties and bars.
Puberty alters fat storage patterns in boys and females. Women have more subcutaneous fat than males, so they store additional calories in their arms, thighs, buttocks, and tummies.
Beer bellies are more common in older adults because calorie demands decrease, activity decreases, and weight gain becomes easier.
Men and women store midsection fat when hormone levels fall with age. Women who use hormone replacement treatment had less belly fat gain than those who don't.
Carrying additional pounds in your thighs or hips is safer than in your abdomen. Subcutaneous fat around your waist, thighs, hips, and buttocks is safer than visceral fat deep in your abdominal cavity.
When waist circumference exceeds 35 inches for women and 40 for men, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and overall mortality increase," Jensen adds.
Beer drinkers should restrict their daily intake of 100-calorie light beers. You can also consume alcohol exclusively on weekends and alternate with low-calorie, non-alcohol drinks.