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Can You Drink Beer and Stay Fit?

Can You Drink Beer And Stay Fit?

This week I was asked an interesting question regarding working out and drinking beer and exercising. The question was can you drink beer and stay fit?

Can You Drink Beer and Stay Fit?

We here at Your Fitness Questions are here to give you an answer.

Moderate beer consumption is actually healthy. Some people do have a different opinion on what moderation is though…so I set out to define “moderate”. I also want to explain the basics of caloric intake and caloric expenditure.

Over 90 million Americans enjoy drinking beer! Drinking moderately has been proven by many doctors, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine, to be a healthy component of longevity. In fact, moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, has been proven to reduce the effects of high cholesterol, heart disease, some forms of cancer and even impotence.

Anything done in excess naturally is unhealthy. “Moderation” is defined by most doctors as 1 or 2 beers a day. That doesn’t mean that you can not drink throughout the week and drink 10 or 12 beers in 1 night. That is NOT moderation…

I bet you didn’t know this…There is actually a US Beer Drinking Team that links beer enthusiasts and promotes moderation, responsibility, and living a healthy lifestyle.

About the Calories in a Can of Beer:

An average can of beer has over 100 calories. Drinking 1 can of beer is equivalent to eating a chocolate chip cookie. Drinking 4 beers is the equivalent of eating a big mac from McDonalds. In order to lose weight, you have to burn off all of these extra calories as well as the other calories that you ate through the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Even extremely light beer like Budweiser Select 55 with 55 calories has the empty calories of alcohol. These empty calories are the cause of poor health if done in excess and without a regular exercise routine.

Too many Americans live under one of the worst stereotypes placed on a human being – the BEER BELLY. This so called beer belly is more of an inactive belly. This “inactivity” belly is caused by excess calories in your diet AND lack of activity to burn the extra calories. The best solution to lose your beer belly is as simple as calories in must be less than calories out (or expended through exercise).

Calories IN < Calories Out (burned) = Weight Loss

If you can add exercise into your schedule for 20-30 minutes a day, your daily consumption of alcohol (1-2 beers) will not have any additional impact on your gut. To lose your beer belly, you REALLY have to watch your food and beverage intake plus drink 2-4 quarts of water a day, and find a way to make fitness part of your life. If you don’t want to workout on your own, find a buddy to workout with. The gym can become a nice social activity.

There is no reason why you cannot have “six pack abs” and still drink a six pack a week as long as you workout regularly. Once again, excessive beer drinking is not recommended by anyone in the health industry. If you simply enjoy drinking beer and are serious about your health, moderation in drinking alcohol and eating foods high in calories, combined with habitual daily exercise is your ticket to reaching your goals.

If you are looking for some great workout programs to do at home check out the Hip Hop Abs Workout or Focus T25. Both of these DVD sets are guided by celebrity trainer Shaun T.


  1. I’ve done my fair share of drinking beer. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s something our body’s can live without. It’s content, which includes mad amounts of gluten proteins from barley, otherwise known as hordein lends to inflammation, headaches, mouth ulcers, weight loss or weight gain, behavioral changes, abdominal swelling, diarrhea, bloating and skin problems, problems with nutrient absorption (which is why many alcoholics suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency and high protein levels – as gluten is a protein). This is JUST the beginning. Beer is not GOOD for you. It’s just not.

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