By drinking just one can of beer, you may be gulping down up to 560 calories – comparable to eating a plate of chicken rice, says an expert. With a bottle, you get close to 1000 calories. So – yes, you can fault beer for being fattening.
Interestingly, there’s research that says beer can limit the fat burning capacity of our bodies. The more alcohol you drink, the more your liver has to detoxify. As the organ also plays a part in sugar and fat metabolism, too much alcohol hinders those functions, and in the long term may cause you to pile on the kilos
Not beer, but all the calories which we don’t burn up from our diet in general. These are stored as fats and deposited in all parts of the body. Admittedly for men, there is a tendency for fats to be deposited around the belly (as opposed to buttocks and thighs for women), says Dr Tian. This situation worsens as we age because our metabolism decreases naturally. And we can expect those fat deposits, and our bellies, to grow if we don’t exercise enough or continue to maintain a high-fat, high-calorie diet.
Men with a large waist circumference – or high waist-to-hip ratio – are at higher risk of developing health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, says Dr Tian. And if that is not bad enough, fats contain enzymes which convert testosterone – man juice – into oestrogen-like substances, warns Dr Tian. Because oestrogen is a female hormone, excessive levels of it can cause a man to develop feminine characteristics.
Visceral fat – located in the abdomen – is very stubborn. Ab-specific exercises like crunches won’t work because they only strengthen the abs but don’t burn off the flab. The only way to burn off such fats is a commitment to a healthy diet and exercise, says Ben Salter, Fitness Manager at Pure Fitness.
Sulaiman Ismail, strongman trainer and founder of SG Titans shares these diet tips:
Here’s a sample track workout session:
– 50m x 2 sets
– 100m x 2 sets
– 200m x 2 sets (reversing the order is also a good way to do it).
Or try this hill workout:
– Run hard for 10 to 15 seconds on a steep incline, then walk or slow jog back down.
– Do this for six to eight sets and jog for a minute in between sprints. Stairs work just as well for this.