This week I was asked an interesting question concerning
drinking beer and exercising. It seems that a former Navy Radioman has developed
quite a gut since retiring, and was curious about whether he should give up his
beer to lose weight? Not only does the gentleman enjoy drinking about 2-4 beers
daily, he also has quit exercising. Moderate beer consumption is actually
healthy, so I set out to define "moderate" as well as educate on the basics of
caloric intake and caloric expenditure. The radioman is not suffering from a
beer belly but an INACTIVITY BELLY! Yes, you can still drink beer and be very
Over 90 million Americans enjoy drinking beer! Drinking moderately
has been proven by many doctors, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine,
to be a healthy component of longevity. In fact, moderate consumption of
alcohol, including beer, has been proven to reduce the effects of high
cholesterol, heart disease, some forms of cancer and even
Anything done in excess is naturally unhealthy. "Moderation"
is defined by most doctors as 1-2 beers a day. And NO, you cannot save up
through the week and catch up on the weekend drinking 10-12 beers in an evening.
That is NOT moderation.
The average can of beer has over 100
calories. Drinking one beer is equivalent to eating a chocolate chip cookie.
Drinking four is equal to eating a Big Mac Hamburger. In order to lose weight,
you have to burn off these extra calories as well as the other calories that you
ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even the lightest of beers has the empty
calories of alcohol, which is the cause of poor health if done in excess and
without a regular exercise routine. Unfortunately, too many Americans live under
one of the worst stereotypes placed on a human being - the BEER BELLY, or as I
call it, the inactivity belly.
The "inactivity" belly is caused by excess
calories in your diet AND lack of activity to burn the extra calories. The
solution to lose your beer belly is as simple as calories in must be less than
calories out (or expended through exercise).
Calories IN < Calories
Out (burned) = Weight Loss
If you can add exercise into your schedule
for 20-30 minutes a day, your daily consumption of alcohol (1-2 beers) will not
have any additional impact on your gut. To lose your beer belly, you REALLY have
to watch your food and beverage intake, drink 2-4 quarts of water a day, AND fit
fitness into your world. THERE IS NO OTHER HEALTHY ANSWER! The exercise and
workout ideas below can get you started on your calorie burning plan:
Workout #1: This is a great full body calorie burner:
Repeat 3-5 times
Walk, run or bike 5:00
Squats - 20
Pushups - 10-20
Situps or Crunches - 20
#2: Swimming and elliptical gliding (cross country skiing) burn the most
calories per hour (This workout can burn up to 1000 calories in one
Swim 20-30 minutes non-stop
Elliptical Glide 20-30 minutes
There is no reason why you cannot have "six pack abs" and still
drink a six pack a week. Once again, excessive beer drinking is not recommended
by anyone in the health industry. If you simply enjoy drinking beer and are
serious about your health, moderation in drinking alcohol and eating GOOD foods high
in calories, combined with habitual daily exercise is your ticket to reaching
your goals. I now have a series of Workout plans that cater to all levels of
fitness and can help you with developing a healthy diet with proper food choices
- the Beginner, Intermediate, 90 Day plans sold on StewSmith.com Store.
daily and observing the dietary recommendations in these eBooks will enable you
to be the person you were yesterday without changing who you are today.
Enjoy! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for answers to your questions.