Want to lose beer gut? But what if your belly fat has nothing to do with beer or alcohol for that matter? Maybe you do not need to lose beer gut after all; maybe you just need to take a second look at your daily calorie and carbohydrate intake.
Most people associate alcohol consumption with beer guts. Alcohol is high in calories – 7.5 calories per gram, which is almost as much as fat.
It suppresses the activity of hormone-sensitive lipase, an enzyme that causes the release and use of fat. It seems like a no-brainer that drinking alcohol increases gut fat.
Danish researchers found opposite results: men who drank alcohol regularly were less likely to increase waist circumference over time. They studied more than 160,000 Danish men during a five-year period. Men who drank alcohol most frequently were less likely to gain inches around the middle.
Many recent studies found that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, taking up drinking in middle age increased longevity. Large waist circumference is an important factor in the Metabolic Syndrome – a group of symptoms linked to heart disease that include insulin resistance, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation and blood clotting abnormalities.
Moderate alcohol consumption prevents fat accumulation in the abdomen, which reduces the severity of the Metabolic Syndrome and appears to be good for health. [sources: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Fitness RX]
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