It’s football season and we all know what that means … chicken wings and beer. (Stop it. You know you have them.) Along with that is the approach of cooler weather and a more sedentary lifestyle–whether it be in front of the tube for game days or just hiding from the cold. For many of us, that means weight gain, too.
Despite larger waists and abdominal areas being called “beer bellies,” it’s probably not shocking that they aren’t always caused by beer.
Beer is high in calories, so like anything high in calories, the more you consume without working it off, the more weight you’ll gain. However, it’s not just beer alone. Your overall calorie consumption, in addition to those brewskies, is what is expanding your waistline. (Maybe go with the skinless baked chicken wings? No? Ok then. Whatever.)
For years we’ve heard about how “beer bellies” are bad for our health, but why? Is it more the beer or the belly? Turns out, that extra weight on the waist increases the fat around our internal organs and puts at us risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. It also puts us at risk for increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased insulin and other health issues that lead to bigger problems.
Those at highest risk are men with “beer belly” waists 40 inches and up and women whose waists are wider than 35 inches.
So, like it or not, you’re going to have to watch that consumption of beer (and wings) during the game. Maybe add in some celery and a few glasses of water, huh?