Someone told me that drinking beer will increase the size of our belly. Is it true? Since I don’t drink beer, I don’t have any idea about that.
Most beer has a lot of calories. Just like any other calorie intake, if you consume more than you burn, you will gain weight.
So, yes, drinking "too much" beer will "increase the size of belly". What "too much" means, however, is dependent on your other habits.
The typical "(beer | pot) (belly | gut)" is usually "Abdominal Obesity" which, by definition, means obesity in the abdominal area specifically, i.e. the belly.
A beer belly comes not so much from beer and the frequent drinking of it as it does with the food that is typically associated with beer (for example, burgers, pizza, etc... very high in calories).
Well, yes, beer has some calories, according to this article; The Truth About Beer and Your Belly:
A typical beer has 150 calories – and if you down several in one sitting, you can end up with serious calorie overload.
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Alcohol can increase your appetite. Further, when you're drinking beer at a bar or party, the food on hand is often fattening fare like pizza, wings, and other fried foods
I've heard from a lot of people that beer increases appetite more that other alcoholic drinks, and in fact beer pairs very well with such calorie rich food as pig knuckle, or similar... as well as pizza, chips etc.
If you compare calories in beer and pig knuckle you'll see what is more likely to cause obesity.
Drinking beer alone does not cause you to get a big belly, it's the amount food that goes along with it. People usually drink beer in the evening, and tend to eat a lot of food at the same time. And this is great and dandy, but what people forget about is that they eat late (here combined with drinking beer so even more calories), and then go straight to bed. The body does not have a chance to break down all of these calories, and instead all of this excess fat is being stored.
In short, the beer alone does not cause the fat, it's the food that goes along with it.
Calories are calories. A typical middle-aged male needs about 2100 calories per day. Consuming more calories than this per day will increase your weight. If you drink four 12-ounce regular (5%) beers per day, you will add between 500-700 calories to your daily diet -- depending on the style of beer you consume, meaning its sugar content, which will vary with beer style. This calorie range translates into around 3500-5000 extra calories per week, which is equivalent to gaining about 1.0-1.4 lbs of weight per week if this calorie intake is above your body's minimum requirement (ie: 2100 x 7 days).
After 3 months you will have gained anywhere from 13-18 lbs. It doesn't matter what you eat or don't eat along with your beer. If your beer drinking brings you over the 2100 calorie per-day threshold, those calories will show up as fat in your body.
All of this assumes no exercise. If you are active and can burn off 300-500 calories a day through a combination of working out and regular body movement (general walking, going up and down stairs, prolonged upper-body activity), then you will cut into that calorie gain in proportion to your activity.
Yes it does! A beer belly is caused by excess calorie intake and reduced calorie expenditure because of a sedentary lifestyle. Read in detail: http://healthmeup.com/news-weight-loss/the-truth-about-beer-belly-fat/5947