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Drinking and Belly Fat

Maybe this should have come before you were downing green beer for St. Patty’s Day.

Regardless of the timing, though, guilt free drinking is always of interest.

It was funny.  The other day I’m talking to a woman — Theresa — who swears she’s been doing everything to lose belly fat.  She’s cut out added sugars and refined carbs.  She’s replaced her daily soda habit with water and swapped out chips for raw nuts and fruit at snack time.  She’s traded in her normal slow cardio routine for higher intensity training too. 

On the surface, those few things would have seemed to help Theresa lose belly fat.

But she wasn’t losing fat at all.  In fact, she said she’d plateaued for 8 weeks now.

And then I started to dig a little deeper.  The culprit?  The "weekend benders" she said she had, where she would have 3-4 drinks on Friday and Sat, sometimes even starting on Thursday. 

So, first of all, let’s get one thing straight — alcohol is never the best option in the world when looking for fat loss

Of course alcohol itself has calories, but outside of that fact alone, when you drink, you’ll eat more.  In fact one study showed that after just 1 drink at lunch time, people ate 15% more.  And that’s just with 1 drink!

SO add the alcohol calories PLUS the added calories from the additional food…and you’ve got a recipe for fat loss disaster!

Are we saying never drink alcohol again when trying to lose belly fat?

Not NEVER…but certainly the less you can drink, the better your fat loss results.

If you want a simple fat loss solution, start with eliminating alcohol …

For some people, cutting out alcohol is the fastest way to lose belly fat

Think that’s impossible and there’s no way it will work with your lifestyle?

Limit to 1 night during the week, not both … and then limit your drinks to 1 for women, 2 for men.  The fast fat loss results will speak for themselves!

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2 Responses to Drinking and Belly Fat

  1. Tracy March 19, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    Great article.

  2. Suzanne October 26, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Another important thing is that alcohol thwarts the fat metabolism. Another good reason to e very moderate or choose not to drink at all. Alcohol has a lot of unwanted side effects on your health, that’s why I decided to reduce my alcohol intake to zero. I’ve been feeling much better ever since.

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