We all know what a beer belly looks like: a large pot belly that can develop over the years, most often in men. While women are more likely to store fat in the hips and thighs, excess fat tends to settle in the stomach area for men, especially in men who drink frequently.
But are beer bellies actually caused by too much beer?
Causes of the Beer Belly
Despite the name, drinking too much beer isn’t the only cause of a beer belly. The truth of it is that excess fat in the waistline is caused by the intake of too many calories–just as every other type of body fat is. Beer can heavily contribute to the problem since it is high in calories and is often consumed in excess.
In addition, Michael Jensen, MD, of the Mayo Clinic explains another way alcohol contributes to burgeoning beer bellies: “In general, alcohol intake is associated with bigger waists, because when you drink alcohol, the liver burns alcohol instead of fat.”
The Dangers of Belly Fat
In addition to being aesthetically upsetting, a beer belly can lead to health complications. Belly fat (visceral fat) has been linked to a wide range of problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and more.
Do you have a beer belly reaching dangerous proportions? According to Jensen, there’s a quick general rule of thumb to check: “When waist circumference exceeds 35 inches for women and 40 for men, it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and overall mortality.”
Getting Rid of a Beer Belly
The best way to get rid of a beer belly is the old-fashioned way–through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, there’s no magic way to target belly fat, so getting rid of the beer belly needs to involve a commitment to overall fitness. Limit alcohol intake and try to stick to a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables.
Even if you are at your ideal body weight (or close to it), the stomach could still be a problem area on your body. If so, then you may be having a lot of trouble shedding those last few pounds and excess skin in the tummy area.
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*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.