How to Drink Beer All Summer Long Without Getting a Beer Gut (According to Science) – GQ Magazine

Crack open a cold one with the boys AND mitigate the doughiness.

The thinking goes like this: You want to get your body summer ready, so you start avoiding beer like it’s that one co-worker who never seems to shut up about his car. It’s the right thing to do. Right?

Well, maybe not!

When it comes to losing the Pillsbury softness around your midsection, you don’t actually have to give up too much in terms of drinking. What you need are smart strategies. So, we turned to two fitness coaches who know a thing or two about getting guys to look good naked. Their consensus is, yes, you can still enjoy beer and look good this summer.

But… doesn’t alcohol make you fat?

“Our bodies are unable to process ethanol and turn it directly into stored adipose tissue,” said Jason Helmes, owner and online fitness coach at Anyman Fitness. That means it’s not the alcohol itself that directly leads to weight gain. The real culprit is the excess of trashy foods people tend to shove in their face when they’re drunk.

Alcohol has a complex interaction with your body, one of which makes you want to eat even when you’re not hungry. You’ve no doubt experienced “drunk hanger” before while sitting at a diner at 3 A.M., waiting for wrinkled sausages and pancakes. The combination of alcohol’s opening up your appetite coupled with that tendency to eat and crave high-calorie, high-fat foods like wings, nachos, and pizza is what could lead you to trouble.

As you know, losing weight means you have to account for every morsel of food you’re putting in your mouth to make sure you’re taking in fewer calories than you expend. Alcohol

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