Do Women Get Beer Bellies

The beer belly is usually associated with men, since males tend to carry excess fat in the abdominal area. Although women are more likely to put on extra pounds in the hips and thighs, they can also have a beer belly. And as they age, women are more likely to develop the excess abdominal fat that characterizes the beer belly.

Women, Beer Bellies and Risk Factors

Women may be more likely to accumulate fat on the legs and hips than in the abdomen, but this isn’t a rigid rule. And all excess fat—no matter where it lies on the body—can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Extra belly fat can also increase the risk of breast cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic (2009).

Womenwith beer bellies (also known as pot bellies) might find the culprit in unconscious calorie consumption through alcohol. Alcohol is low in nutritive value and high in calories. If these calories aren’t burned off by physical exercise, they are stored as fat.

In addition, after menopause, the distribution of weight on a woman’s body may shift, and women may carry more abdominal fat than they did when they were younger, reports the Mayo Clinic (2009).

Measuring Belly Fat

Do you have too much belly fat? You can get an idea by measuring your waist circumference. Use a tape measure to circle your waist at the level of your belly button. If you’re of a healthy weight, your waist should measure no more than 35 inches around, according to the Mayo Clinic (2009). If your waist is more than 35 inches, talk to a doctor about how to reduce belly fat.

Women and Beer Bellies: Getting Rid of the Beer Belly

Women with beer bellies can slim down by focusing on exercise and other forms of weight management. Thirty minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise and portion control during meals can help reduce calories and promote weight loss. In addition, avoid eating or drinking too much while in a state of distraction. Try not to drink sugary beverages or eat too much while watching TV or driving.

When it comes to alcohol, pay attention to how much you consume. Generally, men should limit their alcohol intake to two drinks or fewer per day and women should aim for one drink per day.

Resources

Livestrong. (2010.) How to burn beer belly flab. Retrieved January 7, 2011 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/340648-how-to-burn-beer-belly-flab/

Mayo Clinic. (2010.) Belly fat in men: Why weight loss matters. Retrieved January 7, 2011 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/belly-fat/MC00054/NSECTIONGROUP=2

Mayo Clinic. (2009). Belly fat in women: How to keep it off. Retrieved January, 10, 2011, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/belly-fat/WO00128

Schutze, M. (2009.) Beer consumption and the ‘beer belly’: Scientific basis or common belief? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19550430