A wise man once said, “Drinking beer doesn’t make you fat; it makes you lean… against bars, tables, chairs and poles.” Turns out the guy was half right. The college lifestyle of all-you-can eat dining halls, all night study sessions and partying Thursday to Sunday can quickly catch up to your waist line. For proof, check out 80 Epic Beer Bellies [PICS]. If you’ve recently discovered your gut and sides hanging over your pants like a muffin top, it might be time to cut back on the brewskis.
Cut the Cord
You may not want to hear it, but in addition to eating healthy and regularly exercising, you have to stop drinking if you want to lose that beer gut.
Alcohol is nothing but empty calories, and when you drink, your body uses the calories from the alcohol for energy instead of fat. Any calories from alcohol that are not used for energy are stored as fat. This is how you gain weight from drinking.
Quitting the bottle to lose weight is especially hard to do when you consider that people drink at most social interactions from sporting events to parties to dates.
Beer or liquor… either way you lose
Some geniuses think, “I know, instead of beer, I’ll drink liquor instead! There’s no way liquor has as many calories as beer!”
Wrong choice, pal.
A shot of 80-proof liquor (40 percent alcohol by volume) has 100 calories per shot (1.5 ounces), or about 65 calories per ounce. What’s scarier is that a shot of 100-proof liquor (50 percent alcohol by volume) contains 130 calories, or 85 calories per ounce.
There are 7 calories per gram of alcohol so if you drink several Bacardi and Coke Zero cocktails, you’re still taking in a ton of calories especially if you get wasted.
If you still want to drink beer…
What’s that phrase about having your cake and eating it too? Why the hell would you have a cake if you weren’t going to eat it?
Anyway, light beers have fewer calories in them compared with darker, full-body beers. A 12-ounce bottle of Coors Light contains 102 calories, whereas a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness Extra Stout contains 153 calories. If you’re trying to lose the gut and still want to drink beer, light beers are probably your best option. One important thing to remember though is that those light beers quickly add up if you drink several of them, however you most likely won’t drink as many dark beers.
Less is More
If you’ve been drinking for a while, chances are it takes a lot of beer, and by extension a lot of money, to get you buzzed.
By reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, not only will you lose weight and take in fewer calories, but also your tolerance for alcohol will decrease. That means when you do decide to drink, you won’t have to drink as much to get a decent buzz and you won’t take in a million calories.
Aside from cutting back on the booze, here are some other behaviors you should probably stop doing.