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Any man would tell you that few things are as calming as a couple of iced beers after a long day's work. You come home exhausted and that half-hour you share with your chilled can of ambrosia and in front of the tube can be by far the biggest highlight of your day (yes, life stinks sometimes). We know you deserve it so we’re going to let you have it. Unfortunately, we also know that the term beer-belly didn’t get coined for no reason at all.
So let’s just get straight to question on the tip of every beer-guzzling-yet-fitness-conscious man’s tongue: Do you have to give up the good stuff to lose that gut?
I was thinking about playing the suspense card here but I’ll spare you troubled fellows the agony. The answer (and you’d better thank your stars for this one) is no. Here’s what you need to know:
Moderate beer consumption is actually healthy. Many doctors as well as the New England Journal of Medicine consider the consumption of alcohol (including beer) in moderation a verifiable factor in increasing longevity. Not to mention reducing the risks of high cholesterol, heart disease, some forms of cancer and even impotence.
Before you run toward that 6-pack in delightful glee let me define moderation in no uncertain terms! Most doctors consider a moderate amount of consumption 1-2 beers a day. Unfortunately, like everything else in the world, in excess it will become your enemy. That means no binging on the weekend with 10 just because you haven’t had a single beer all week!
If you haven’t developed a belly already then all of the above should hold you in good stead. For the remaining 90% of you who are not 18 years old or incredibly lucky – exercise! A beer has approximately 100 calories (equal to that of a chocolate chip cookie) and that’s in addition to all that you eat through the day. If you’re not going to incorporate 20-30 minutes of daily exercise (and by that we mean cardio) at the very least then there is no help for a lazy tub of lard like you.
So get out of those couches, hit the gym or whatever floats your boat and earn that can of fizzy goodness. They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too but you CAN drink that 6-pack and have a 6-pack too. Cheers!
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