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Exercise and the right diet make you healthier and more attractive.

BY Doreen Irinco

JUNE 2011

Working in a high stress environment, sitting for hours in front of a computer, and deciding to unwind with friends, a hearty meal, and a couple of beers sound like a normal day for many men. Unfortunately, this kind of lifestyle when prolonged is also the type that causes the accrual of fat in their bodies.

Beer belly or abdominal obesity is not only unhealthy but also unsightly. In the Philippines, it is common among friends to tease a beer-bellied person by asking, “When are you due?”

Beer misnomer?

According to the American Dietician Association, men are more prone to belly fat while women tend to put on weight in the hips, thighs, and leg areas. While beer drinking is not directly responsible for beer belly, they are connected. In his article, “Belly fat is the shape of cardiovascular risk,” Harvey Simon, M.D., editor of Harvard’s Men’s Health Watch,

says that beer drinking does not necessarily lead to a beer belly; it is the calories present in beer, as well as other food and drink, that cause the accumulation of excess fat in the midsection.

In the same article, Dr. Simon mentions that the danger waist measure for men is 40 inches and 35 inches for women.

Sculpt that shape

Here are tips on how you can get rid of your beer belly:


Desiree Ontiveros del Rosario, RN and company nurse of US Autoparts, recommends 15 sit-ups every morning and working your way up as your abdominal muscles build tolerance. Depending on the amount of fat present, the intensity of workouts varies. However, it is important to note that working out should be complemented with a healthier diet to avoid the calories from piling up.

Eat healthy

A balanced diet of carbohydrate, protein, and fat is the hallmark of proper nutrition. Eat small meals every two to three hours, instead of big ones every six hours or so. Include high-fiber foods and complex carbs like fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, or brown rice.

Maintain an active lifestyle

An idle lifestyle is the surest way to gain excess fat. Hence, Del Rosario recommends maintaining an active lifestyle. Taking up a hobby like swimming for men and belly dancing for women are good physical activities to keep the weight off as those target the tummy area.

For  more information about how to reduce your beer belly, check out the June 2011 issue of Health Today now available on the newsstands.


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