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Some men wear their beer gut as a badge of honour, as if it is a symbol of their manliness. This is seriously deluded thinking. For those of us that want to shed the extra kilos, here are a few ways you can beat the barrel belly.

Why should you lose it?
Besides the obvious aesthetic issues, a beer gut isn't doing you any favours, either socially and physically. Although a large stomach will forever be linked to alcohol, it is widely agreed that overeating and lack of exercise are the main reasons for a beer belly to grow, and if you're a bit pudgy down there you're increasing the likelihood of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which ups the risk of heart disease, diabetes or having a stroke.

It's also fair to assume you're not exactly king with the ladies either, not to mention being a source of amusement for your mates.

How do you do it?
Unfortunately there is no quick fix. Sometimes the oldest methods are the best and the right mix of healthy eating and drinking, exercise and a positive attitude are the best way to shed unwanted fat. If you go for a quick and speedy fix, remember that it will be most likely unsustainable and the weight will come back soon after you relax the routine.

Firstly, measure your waistline. This may seem simple but knowing where you started can do wonders for your confidence a few weeks into the process when the differences start to be noticeable.

Healthy eating and drinking
Balance is the key word when it comes to eating and drinking. It is important to keep eating a range of different foods so the body gets all the nutrition it needs from a variety of different sources.

The following points are a decent overall guideline.

  • Reduce overall kilojoule intake. Even the minor changes will pay off, so if you're drinking regular soft drink, switching to the diet version will work wonders.
  • Cut down on fatty foods such as hot chips and meat pies. Some fat is fine, but keep it to a minimum.
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • Try to cut down on alcohol and try switching to a low-kilojoule beer.
  • Snacking between meals can be a dangerous habit. If you really are feeling the hunger come on, fruit snacks provide a healthy, low-fat option.

Exercise
Aerobic or cardio-vascular exercise is the key to burning fat. This can be achieved through anything from fast walking to swimming, rowing, cycling, jogging or practically anything that gets the heart rate going and produces sweat. Yes, even sex is exercise.

Endless sit-ups are effective for strengthening the abdominal muscles, but they don't burn fat or diminish a beer belly as many would expect. Don't feel pressured into doing these right away because they can put excessive pressure on your lower back when done incorrectly.

The best thing for you to do is get out and move. Depending on your time restraints, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week should be enough to get the belly shrinking. Once you get on a roll you can add an extra 10 minutes here and there; it all adds up!

Also, ditch the car or bus whenever you can. If your supermarket or coffee shop is just up the road then walk instead of settling for the lazy option.

Remember, exercise is good not only for burning fat, it's also extremely effective at clearing your mind and helping you feel positive and happy psychologically.

Positive attitude
Without the right attitude, no attempts at beating the beer belly into submission are going to work. Having the motivation and willpower to do it is half the battle. Undoubtedly the hardest part is starting, but once you start noticing the differences you'll find keeping the kilos off a lot simpler than first thought.

Do you have any tips to help lose a beer gut? Share your thoughts below
User comments
Real Men don't have beer guts and tits Yes you can still have a beer or any form of alcohol but in moderation! Eat Healthy wholefoods screw fastfood like fried chicken, crap burgers and PIES What the hell is in them anyways? Exercise! Dont go jogging like a punk! Lift Weights do sprints swim or bike Try pullups pushups chinups and squats You wont die just start slow BE A MAN
Being fat is a lifestyle choice, not a condition. No excuses
10 things you need to know about the guy with the beer gut. 1 the only hot chicks he will see are the ones he can see but not touch 2 his missus will be a bushy with a matching beer gut and a hairy *** 3 he cant shave or trim his *** cos he cant reach them so he has *** so long he will be able to have a pubic comb over (probably be ginger too) 4 he thinks he looks great in stubbies and thongs, especially from side on he will look like the letter S on a lollipop stick 5 he will love showing his *** crack to the world 6 his missus will be able to borrow his clothes 7 he looks like he is 10 months 'overdue' to have a baby and waddles like he is too 8 his *** will be bigger than the average woman in the porn industry, but they will be hairy 9 he can rest his belly on his missus's head when she is blowing him 10 he doesnt know that when us girls say size is important, that we are not referring to any part on the males body other than his *** love ashlee x
I have decided to solve the beer gut problem by drinking more beer. I dont understand what the bloody problem is. Come on ladies. Men that drink beer are the champions of the male social structure and always have been. Look at the Vikings and the Knights and Kings of old. They had good strong beer belleys that came from a lifetime of drinking ale in celebration of male rites of pasage such as slaufgtering the heathen swine, and ravishing a few wimen on the way to the castle. We Beer Gut men epitomise what being a man is all about namely striving for victory at the home, office etc and then celebrating with our mates by drinking copiuous amounts of cheap beer like my all time Favourite the Lion Brown or Waikato. We all know that the healthy men, as in thiose that go to the gym, wax their bodies and spend "too much time at home with the missues" are also "enjoying a bit of side saddle" or "dreaming" of a bit of sidesaddle. So tell me whos the more manlier aye?
I have decided to solve the beer gut problem by drinking more beer. I dont understand what the bloody problem is. Come on ladies. Men that drink beer are the champions of the male social structure and always have been. Look at the Vikings and the Knights and Kings of old. They had good strong beer belleys that came from a lifetime of drinking ale in celebration of male rites of pasage such as slaufgtering the heathen swine, and ravishing a few wimen on the way to the castle. We Beer Gut men epitomise what being a man is all about namely striving for victory at the home, office etc and then celebrating with our mates by drinking copiuous amounts of cheap beer like my all time Favourite the Lion Brown or Waikato. We all know that the healthy men, as in thiose that go to the gym, wax their bodies and spend "too much time at home with the missues" are also "enjoying a bit of side saddle" or "dreaming" of a bit of sidesaddle. So tell me whos the more manlier aye?
Great to hear positive stuff from Dave & others. Thanks for the health and fit stuff from others. My tips, by a running machine if more convenient, and helps with shin splints ($$ tho) Try a wheel with handles that you roll out as you stretch forward on your knees (u can use dumb bells, changing direction and stretching from your toes when you get good) A good mind and motivated body's a winner for sure. Everyone else stop 'Bitchen' and just leave advise or 'positive' feedback please. Go Dave!
If the above stat isn't a huge wake up call for overweight people in NZ (i.e. most of the population) then I don't know what is! I catch the bus every morning and I think at least 28 of the 30 ladies on my bus are noticeably overweight yet most of the business men aren't?? You only get one body in this life why wouldn't you want to keep it in it's best shape?
Call it what you will too fat, is too fat! Many of us are. Like me you may have to be honest with yourself, Open Your Eyes and Your Mind and Stop Pretending that One more wont hurt - It Will Hurt and it only Hurts You. Do STOP being cruel to yourself. Do STOP being your own abuser. IF it's not fresh fruit or vegetables, nuts grains or pulses, eggs, real butter and a little milk, it's not good. Fish is toxic from mercury content, meat and poultry are so loaded with penicillin and vaccines for diseases it's best to avoid them. I became obese. I thought I ate healthy foods, Wrong. I ate much of the right stuff, but, too much of it. I dont smoke or drink alcohol and I exercised at the gym 4-6 times a week, but not at the right level. Whoever said that 'Diet ' drinks help Lied!! you cant have more just because it's diet something, it's loaded with aspartame which makes you Crave More n More. Make a New Start. If you trip up, push yself to do better than last time. Good Luck!
I find them repulsive too. For a country with an outdoorsy and active reputation, our boys have a lot to answer for. I see larger guts ever day - and in more frequency!
I cant stand beer guts men, I think they are disguisting and gross. When I met my guy, he is a fit tall no beer gut at all. And I intend to spend more of my years with him without the beer cut. He knows he has to eat healthy exercise and he does drink but always at the gym and watch what he eats.Its up to the person to look after themselves cos I know a couple of my friends guys who are lazy after work, Pub, KFC and couch YUK.