It’s not by coincidence the phrase “Beer Belly” exists.
When you think of a guy who drinks a lot of beer, usually the first thing that comes to mind is a large, round belly.
Beer is deeply entrenched in our culture as a way to let loose, have fun, and relax. It’s no surprise then that the U.S. beer industry sells more than $100 billion in beer to U.S. consumers each year.1
To put this into perspective, U.S. consumers 21 years and older consumed 27.5 gallons of beer and cider per person during 2015. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S.
In this article you’ll learn why drinking beer can cause you to gain fat, some strategies to drink beer and still lose weight, along with nutritional information on the top 10 beers sold in the U.S.
1. Beer does not fill you up, but provides calories
One of the big challenges with drinking beer is that it provides calories without satisfying your hunger at all.
There are few reasons why:
- Beer is an “empty calorie” because it provides almost no nutrients
- Beer is in liquid form, which means you can drink calories really fast
- Beer contains alcohol, which is metabolized by the body differently than other macronutrients like protein, carbs and fat.
Regarding the last point, drinking alcohol can stop the process of fat burning completely (See: How Drinking Alcohol Causes Weight Gain).
The foundation of losing weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn while staying full. That’s why eating whole foods – think meat, vegetables, fruit – that fill you up but provide fewer calories is such an effective eating strategy to get lean.
If you drink 5 beers (~750 calories), you will still have plenty of room in your stomach to have a full meal right after. And this is exactly why drinking beer can make losing weight very difficult.
2) Beer can negatively affect your sleep
If you normally drink beer at night, the alcohol from the beer can negatively impact your sleep.2
You also may need to get up a few times during the night to go to the bathroom because of all the fluids you drank, which is certainly not helping improve your sleep either.
Lack of quality sleep is directly linked to both weight gain and muscle loss.
In fact, one weight loss study found that people who slept 5.5 hours vs. 8.5 hours lost 50% of their weight from muscle.3 Another study found that sleep deprived people had a 45% increase in appetite for high carbohydrate, calorie dense foods.4
Sleep is also hugely important for your activity levels and the quality of your workouts. If you feel well rested, you will likely have a much better workout.
3) Beer may inhibit your self control
When most people get a buzz or just get drunk, their inhibitions fly out the window. You may say things or do things that you wouldn’t normally otherwise. You have less self control.
When you combine less self control with food, you get a situation that can derail an entire week of hard work.
Whether you are drinking beer at your meal or going out at night with friends, the chances are you will eat more food than if you didn’t have the beer at all.
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