The “beer belly” is an infamous term that refers to the gut that develops when someone drinks an excessive amount of beer, and it turns out there’s a simple solution to getting rid of that bulge. While many will say to give up beer entirely, that’s not necessary if you know which beers to avoid.
The reason these bellies develop is not necessarily because of some magical ingredient in beer that causes the swift formation of fat in your midsection. It’s actually from consuming too many calories, which can be done with any food or drink you ingest, but it’s much easier and more common to down a six-pack (or more) at a party or at home that’s packed with calories.
To add to this, when someone drinks alcohol, their liver begins to work to burn the alcohol rather than using that time to burn fat. Alcohol intake increases your appetite as well, causing people to consume more food while continuing to burn no fat.
If you want to avoid this cycle, you don’t have to completely stop drinking beer. Look no further to determine which beers you should cut from your diet to cut out that beer belly.
This brew’s calorie-count isn’t outrageous, but it’s not going to help you lose your beer belly. It’s certainly higher than the standard 150 per beer, as are the carbs it’s packing.
Have just one, maybe two. After all, there’s no way around it: Once you start to pound this beer, that’s exactly what you’ll end up with: more pounds.
No doubt about it, this domestic is a classic, but it’s a bit higher in calories and carbs than we’d like to see.
“text-align: center;”>Stella Artois
This is a great beer. But only if your mantra is “quality over quantity.”
“text-align: center;”>Dos Equis
Dos means two, maximum. Let that be your reminder.
This popular beer even made a guest appearance on Mad Men. Just don’t go mad over it yourself. It may taste good, but ask yourself if it’s worth it.
“text-align: center;”>Corona Extra
Extra what? Extra flavor? Extra smooth? Or is it extra calories? Don’t be fooled by it’s “light” taste.
“text-align: center;”>Modelo Especial
This pale lager isn’t the worst thing in the cooler, but there are a number of better beers to choose from.
“text-align: center;”>Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Yes, it’s delicious. But that should just give you more reason to take a close look at its calorie count. If this beer flows down your throat like water, save it for a special occasion when it’s okay to indulge. (Don’t even think about driving.) And of course, if you do drink more than you should, at least make sure you’re working those extra calories off with regular exercise.
More motivation to drink in moderation: Binge drinking after you lift weights may inhibit your ability to build muscle, according to a report in Strength and Conditioning Journal. Researchers say that guzzling the alcohol equivalent of five or more drinks appears to suppress the production of testosterone, a hormone that’s crucial for muscle growth. Smaller doses (one to two drinks) appear to have little or no immediate effect on testosterone. Of course, the best beverage to consume after exercise is one that contains a healthy dose of protein.
“text-align: center;”>Bud Light Straw-Ber-Rita
What do get when you mix a strawberry margarita with a Bud Light Lime? A sugar-packed party in a cup that will cost you 200 calories for a tiny 8-ounce serving. If you’re planning to have more than one drink (which, let’s be honest, you likely are), don’t make this one of them.
“text-align: center;”>Samuel Adams Boston Lager
If you love Sam but are worried about your waistline, you’re better off drinking this brand’s light variety.
“text-align: center;”>Michelob Honey Lager
The honey sweetens the beer but sours the carb count. See what else is on tap that could better fit your calorie budget.
“text-align: center;”>Budweiser American Ale
You may be as patriotic as the next guy, but if you’re trying to fight fat, pass on this American ale for one of Bud’s lighter options.
“text-align: center;”>Guiness Extra Stout
This beer is terrific, but full of extra calories. So opt for Guinness Draught instead. You’ll no doubt be pleasantly surprised where it falls on the list of good beers. (Hint: Click through to the next gallery.)