Hey there Guys,
Got a beer belly or beer gut? Do you have a keg where you should have a six pack? Well guess what, I’m here today to help bust the myth of beer belly and help save this much maligned drink.
It’s very common belief that it’s beer that leads to the jiggly Santa belly. Well to that I say bullshit! Let’s get to the truth of where that belly has come from.
I still remember back in medical school listening to a fantastic doctor Professor Gary Egger who is considered the king of male weight loss in Australia.
His opening gambit was basically, you don’t need to stress about the calories in alcohol, just look at an alcoholic on the street they are not fat!
Perhaps a harsh call but the fact is that it’s true.
Not that alcohol is calorie free, let’s have a look, keep in mind that a can of coke has 139 calories.
- One can of regular larger beer: 139 calories
- One can of low carb beer: 110 calories
- One can of low alcohol beer: 94 calories
- And for the true gentlemen, one glass of red wine: 101 calories
Hmmm what does this mean…
Firstly is that most beers are pretty much the same, I think that low carb beer is a bit of a trend but really there is not that much of a difference when it comes to calories. Despite the belief that all the calories are in the alcohol, low alcohol beer is not much lower!
You see alcohol in itself will not make you gain weight, there is great page here that explains why.
So where is the gut coming from? Here is a hint…
- One small packet of potato chips : 415 calories!
- A small 30g (one ounce) packet of peanuts, 160 calories of which most are from fat! (you can look up for favorite snack here)
You see guys it’s the nut and chips you have with your beer, or perhaps that kebab on the way home from the bar. Alcohol decreases your ability to say no to the bad calories and usually you end out eating more then you would…
It’s not a beer belly, it’s a beer and chips belly!
So guys, here is the trick. Enjoy your beer, you don’t have to deprive yourself. You can drink in moderation, just be aware of what you are eating while you are enjoying your beer.
Who knows, perhaps the beer belly might just become a thing of the past!