With summer fast approaching there will be many guys that are starting to worry about their beer bellies.
Some may hit the gym hard, with some even going as far as giving up alcohol completely, yet if you are a fan of the odd tipple this maybe easier said than done.
Luckily for you it is possible to lose the beer belly without giving up alcohol completely, read on to discover what we suggest.
#1: Swap beer for something else
If you are determined to get in shape ready for the summer our first tip for you would be to cut back on your intake of beer.
While your beer belly is likely not solely down to your beer intake, despite its name, the fact is that beer contains a lot of calories. Especially compared to other drinks.
Of course water is the best option, but I don’t suppose many of us will be ordering water on a night out with friends.
So, what I would suggest is to opt for spirits such as vodka instead. It contains around 64 calories per shot, while an average can of beer will contain 150-160 calories.
Just make sure not to add any sugary soft drinks to the mix.
#2: Cut your calorie intake
While alcohol contains calories, it is likely not the sole reason for your beer belly. It is likely that what you are eating also has an impact on your weight.
When you have been drinking your ability to resist the junk food is reduced, but what about the rest of the time? Chances are if you are overweight you struggle either to resist the cravings, or simply eat portions that are too large.
First look to see what you are eating, keep a food diary and you may be shocked at what you eat and the calories these foods contain.
You can then look to see what changes to your diet are necessary to see your weight drop.
#3: Move more
If you want to lose the beer belly you need to move more, as you need to start burning off more calories than you consume.
This means you should try to get some regular exercise, even if you are busy.
Cardio is a good start, but I would also suggest adding a little resistance or weight training into the mix too.
The reason for this is that building muscle will help to increase your RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate, which in simple terms means that you are able to burn off more calories even when you are at rest.
HIIT or HIGH Intensity Interval Training is a good idea for those who struggle to find time to exercise. This is because you can complete a HIIT workout in a few minutes, but as you are working out at maximum intensity you could potentially burn hundreds of calories.
#4: Eat more protein and fibre-rich foods
Both protein and fibre-rich foods are important for removing that beer belly.
Firstly they are both slow to digest so can keep you feeling full for an extended period of time, unlike those fatty and carb-rich meals that are quickly burnt.
Protein can also help to repair damaged muscle fibres, which will aid your recovery from exercise.
Fibre on the other hand will help to maintain good digestive health, meaning you will not store so much waste material within your body.
#5: Drink more water
As mentioned briefly already, water is the best alternative to beer. It is also the best alternative to the soft drinks and sugar filled beverages you would usually drink.
Water contains zero calories, can help to curb your appetite and cravings, plus can help flush out the toxins from within your body, which will result in better health and clearer skin.
#6: Relax and get some sleep
If you find that you are unable to resist food cravings it could be due to stress or a lack of sleep.
You really should aim to get a minimum of 7 hours sleep every night, and if you suffer from stress try to find a way to alleviate it.