In Reply To #15
Yes, I'm pretty convinced. I figured my previous argument would show that I was pretty convinced, but if you need to hear it again, sure.
The "beer gut" is actually a result of the gene ADD. This gene accounts for abdominal weight gain in men. All men experience it as they get older to some extent, and it is completely unrelated to beer. It is simply a slowing of metabolism. Beer is just a ridiculous scapegoat. I can name a ton of people with beer guts, who don't drink beer at all.
What grams of fat? All the calories in beer are from carbs, not fat. There is no fat in beer.
[EDIT] All the calories in beer are from carbs and alcohol, not fat.
People on diets are often told to avoid alcohol. I have a feeling that this is the source of this stupid myth. While it's true that alcohol can contribute to your fatness, it is not the soul source. People who have to avoid alcohol are usually trying to lose weight, probably because they gained it through the means of fatty foods. Existing fat calories cannot be burned off until alcohol calories are burned off. In all honesty, alcohol calories are very easy and quick to burn off. The problem is, if you’re trying to lose weight and drinking alcohol, the fat calories can’t be burned off until the alcohol is burned off. If you’re drinking several beers a day, you really won’t have much of a chance of losing the fat calories that you have stored up.
Here's an excerpt from an article on beer myths by Beeradvocate:
"Beer Guts - Don't listen to any idiot that tells you that you're fat because you drink too much beer. Beer, on its own, does not make you fat. The average beer can contain anywhere from say 90 to 190 calories (+/-). Applied to the thousands of calories that your body needs a day to operate ... a beer is just a drop in the belly. Anyone that tells you different is full of shite.
The lack of exercise and double burgers with the super-sized fries that you shove down your neck out of pure gluttony, combined with the over consumption of beer might make you fat. And, if you drink a 12-pack a day, it is your own damn fault for looking like a fat slob."
And yes, there has to be SOME time when you're not drinking beers, for me it's in between meals, and bed time. Haha. Seriously, I average 2-6 beers a day about. Most days I don't have one with breakfast, and I rarely have one with lunch, but it is probably more common practice than you might think. In Belgium (Yes, I know, we're not in Belgium), 3rd graders in a lot of schools are served table beers with their lunch at school. The U.S. has a lot of stupid myths and fallacies that branch out from the propaganda spread at prohibition. Unfortunately, they have been slow to disappear.
Sorry, you got me ranting. There’s a lot of information here, I should write a beerpal article on this. Haha
This message was edited by Cottrell at 7/20/2004 3:01:15 PM.
In Reply To #17 I never said it was the sole source of gaining weight or beer on it's own makes you fat. It certainly contributes to it though. Say what you want, call it a myth, I think doctors and dietary physicians know a little more than you do :) Also, I don't think I'd be looking at an article from "beeradvocate" to get my nutrition, etc advice. You must be in College. How else could you drink beer in the morning (rarely) and again at lunch and again at night. Without drinking before work, because you did say THAT would be a problem. I'm not sure what work has to do with it. IF you don't have a job then how can you say it's not okay to drink before work. But if you're unemployed then it's okay, not a problem. Funny stuff...
In Reply To #18 I've never had beer for breakfast at my college, never been up for breakfast at college actually. And I don't have a job this summer, but I think it's common sense that a beer before work is a bad idea. The slightest hint of alcohol on your breath will piss of any employer, no doubt. My facts came from things I've read from dietary websites and such. So, yes, dietary physicians know more than me, that's why I consulted their writings. And what's wrong with referencing an article from BA? Sure, they are beer lovers, but the facts in the article are just that, facts.
In Reply To #20 Geez Cottrell... I just barely responded to your other post. Hard to keep up! "And what's wrong with referencing an article from BA? Sure, they are beer lovers, but the facts in the article are just that, facts." I think the facts may be hindered a bit, or they may be out of their element. I could be wrong though. I'm a little confused. Does a beer before work mean you have a problem or that you're just stupid? Stupid, yes. But drinking before work or during a lunch break at work is no different than an unemployed person drinking throughout the day. Same amount of alcohol. Cept I'd give the worker an edge, at least he balances a job and his alchohol "problem" I have drank before work before (during my College years) and you'd be surprised what you can get away with.
In Reply To #21 "I think the facts may be hindered a bit, or they may be out of their element. I could be wrong though." Yep. Haha You could be right, but I find it hard to believe they would hinder facts on a site with 21,000 members. There must be a doctor or physician among those, and I'm sure they would have been called out on any bending of the truth. Drinking a beer before work doesn't mean you have a problem, it means you're stupidly risking your employment. Unless you have one before work because you *need* one in the morning, then you have a problem. I can't say that I've ever had a drink before work. Class is a different story though, haha. Especially those damned 7pm-9:45pm classes. I've been plenty sloshed for a couple of those, the class goes by much quicker, especially if you bring a water bottle.
In Reply To #23 Unfortunately I think a lot of doctors or physicians are far to busy to screw around on a beer website. Again, I could be wrong ;) "Drinking a beer before work doesn't mean you have a problem, it means you're stupidly risking your employment." I guess that was my point. No more of a problem or no less of one, just risking employment. If you "need" a beer it is a problem, yes. I guess that's where I assumed if you're drinking beer with all 3 meals in the day and sometimes again at night, then it would look as if you needed a beer all the time. How would one know if they don't "need" a beer if they've always got one going? I hear ya on the beers before class. All bets are off there (gotta be an afternoon class though ;) There were a couple times I did that. Got drunk before a presentation once and had a 6-9 class on Tuesday's my last semester and I was known to have a beer or two before that.