As an adult, almost every outing, gathering and everything in between is littered with beverages, and many of them are alcoholic, more specifically, beer. For so long, we have coined the term “beer belly” for any man that carries a little extra weight with him in the front wherever he goes. However, is it really the beer that causes the “beer belly”?
In fact, the answer is essentially, no. Here’s why.
So, yes, drinking beer does cause you to consume a large amount of empty calories and weight increases. However, the beer itself isn’t solely responsible for the fat accumulation in the midsection. because of the ratios in concentration of most beer in proportion to the calories, drinking beer is among one of the worst beverages to consume if looking to stay on the lower end of the caloric intake scale. This is because per gram, alcohol contains the second highest concentration macronutrients such as carbohydrates and fats. Therefor the weight gain that occurs isn’t necessarily due to the alcohol itself, but the high consumption of a high-calorie drink.
Many people have at least a handful of beers in any one sitting, at least typically not just one. The recommendations for drinking in moderation are two drinks per day for men and one per day for women. In any one sitting, the drinks consumed, especially with food, are the equivalent to a small meal in itself.
So, the beer belly concept comes from the fact that beer is consumed slower because of its high alcoholic content. So, the increased volume leads to more calories consumed and more weight put on.
Beer is the culprit, but not the only one. These liquid calories, unlike the ones taken in when food is eaten, add to an appetite, so eating the calories and drinking them are often synonymous. This means that the food you eat contributes greatly to the beer belly, too. If more calories are taken in than are burned off, then they get stored as fat. In general, men seem to store fat around the stomach, while women tend to store fat around the hips and thighs.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.