Drinking beer has been linked to more fat accumulation around the abdomen area. It is often called beer belly. But does beer really give you a fat belly?
What is beer?
Beer is an alcoholic drink that has made from grains like wheat, barley or rye, which is fermented with yeast, it is then flavoured with fruity flavours, herbs and spices etc. The strength of the beer depends on the amount of alcohol added in the beer, it is usually measured by alcohol by volume. The amount of alcohol usually varies from 4 to 6% usually but it can range from very weak 0.5% to exceptionally strong 40%.
The nutritional content of beer:
the nutritional content of beer can vary depending on the type of beer. Below is the nutrition value for 12 ounces of regular beer:
Beer also contains trace amounts of sodium, potassium and magnesium as you would have to drink massive amounts to meet your daily requirements. It is also important to know that the number of calories vary depending on the alcohol content, as alcohol contains 7 calories per gram.
Drinking beer and weight gain:
Drinking beer has been linked to weight gain. It is believed that there are three ways beer can cause weight gain including excess calorie consumption, and preventing your body from burning fat etc.
Some of the reasons why beer may cause weight gain include,
Beer contains almost the same number of calories as soft drink so it can cause weight gain. Some studies show that alcoholic drinks can even cause increase in appetite and make you eat more. Also, it has been found that people don’t really compensate for the calories that they consume from alcohol by eating less of other food.
This means that drinking alcohol regularly can contribute to addition of significant number of calories.
Drinking alcoholic drinks can prevent your body from burning fat, it is because your body priorities the breakdown of alcohol over other things including stored fat. In theory, that would cause increase in body fat. But studies have found mixed results.
Over the long term, drinking alcohol regularly but in moderation, that is no more than 17 ounces does not cause weight gain or belly fat. Nevertheless, regular drinking of alcohol in high amounts can cause belly fat.
Does beer really cause belly fat?
Visceral fat, is the kind of fat that is stored around your belly. Scientists believe that it is the most dangerous kind of fat and is responsible for a number of health conditions. Visceral fat is metabolically active, meaning that it can interfere with the hormones of your body which alters the functioning of the body leading to a number of health conditions like cancer, type2 diabetes and heart disease.
Even people with normal weight are at the risk of developing these diseases if they have high belly fat. Studies showed that people who drank more than 3 drinks were 80% more likely to get a lot of belly fat then those who don’t drink that much.
Other studies show that drinking at about 17 ounces does not cause weight gain and is safe to drink. But there is more to this, it is possible that people who drink beer and don’t gain weight have a healthy life style. Also, overweight people are at more risk of gaining even more weight than those who are not over weight.
Drinking beer in moderate amounts that is no more than 17 ounces that is one drink has not been linked to weight gain or belly fat. Keep in mind that the more you drink, the risk increases even more. To prevent the risk of getting a beer belly, it is best to drink with in the recommended amounts and lead an active, healthy life.
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