A beer belly may be the result of some fun times, good food, and tasty suds, but it may also be making it harder to move around or fit into your clothes. In addition, extra weight may be sapping your energy and putting extra strain on your joints and heart. Getting rid of a beer belly will take a combination of diet and exercise. It tends to take longer to lose weight than it did acquiring it, too. Keep reading to learn what causes a beer belly to form and the best methods for getting rid of it. A study in Epidemiology and Health found that high alcohol intake was related to high waist circumference. Despite the popular belief that beer tends to go straight to the belly, it appears the high-calorie drink actually contributes to weight gain throughout the body. Many women, for example, start to carry extra weight below the belt, rather than just above it.
Gender also makes a difference
Your genetics play a huge role
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Beer belly, keg, spare tire, love handles, "big-boned," bowl full of jelly -- there are so many endearing terms for the extra blubber packed around your midsection, it's tough to choose a favorite. While the most popular, "beer belly," is a catchy, alliterative term, storing fat in your stomach area is a little bit more complicated than drinking too much beer. Though that doesn't help, obviously. So why do you seem to get a little more rotund as you get older and your job gets a little worse and you just need a few beers to decompress, dammit, while others seem to maintain their abs, even when they pack on the pounds? More important: Once you have a beer belly, how do you get rid of it?
Skip navigation! As a big advocate for body positivity , the term " beer belly " has always rubbed me the wrong way. To my ears, it carries a negative connotation. Being a journalist who covers the wellness scene, I started to wonder where the phrase even came from — and whether beer actually had any impact on our bellies. Here are the results of my deep dive. The precise meaning of the slang term is debated. Some people use it to refer to the temporary bloat that happens after drinking tons of beer. Blame the carbonation. Others, though, are talking about another torso-related term that grates my ears: belly fat.