4. There Is Such A Thing As A Beer Belly
Any alcoholic drink can add to the size of your stomach for one very simple reason: Alcohol is dense in calories. Every gram of alcohol contains the same amount of calories as a gram of butter – seven which almost twice as many as a gram of most othercarbohydrates or protein. Like other calorie-packed foods. It promotes weight gain.
But there’s also evidence that beer, more than other kinds of alcohol, may cause more fat to settle on your belly. Research at the University of North Carolina at Chap I Hill found that among those who had more than six drinks a week, beer drinkers had the highest waist-to-hip-ratio followed by those who who opted for liquor. Wine drinkers had the slimmest waistlines.
5. Jogging Is Great-But Watch Out For “Runner’s Pooch”
During an average run, your body weight rests on one or the other leg about 80 per cent of the time. To maintain balance, your stomach muscles (particularly your lower abs) must stay contracted. They also help hold your torso (which amounts to two thirds of your total body weight) upright as you exercise. Running burns a lot of calories, too – 490 to 1,103 an hour, depending on how fast you go.
The problem with running is that it can work your hip flexors and erector spinae (your lower back muscles) to a greater degree than your abs, If you don’t make an effort to stretch these areas, you could develop an imbalance, known as excessive anterior pelvic tilt. This condition, which is more common in women, makes your hips and back so tight that your spine arches into a C shape, causing your belly to pitch forward. The result: Your stomach looks larger than it really is.
The best solution is to stretch these spots for at least five minutes after every run. To loosen the hip flexors, stand with your left leg forward, right leg back, feet about 2 feet apart: gently tilt your pelvis forward: hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. A good lower-back looser is to lie face up, legs extended, arms out at sides. Bend your right knee and place your foot on the floor; rest left hand on right knee and slowly lower your knee to the left as far as you can as you twist your torso to the right hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.