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    Beer Bellies Are a Myth

    Consider the cliché: a darkened room, a bleary-eyed middle-aged man collapsed into a couch, beer in hand, TV-flicker illuminating his sallow stubbled face, and a stomach threatening to escape from his pants like a giant mutant amoeba..... (But enough about Pikey Dave )

    Blame that belly on the beer? Not so fast. According to University of California Davis food science professor Charles Bamforth, the colloquial notion of the beer belly — that beer somehow uniquely targets the gut – doesn’t jibe with medical science.

    “The beer belly is a complete myth. The main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage is alcohol,” Bamforth told Popular Science. “There’s nothing magical about the alcohol in beer, it’s just alcohol.”

    Alcohol doesn’t have V.I.P. dibs on abdominal fat in other words (any more than spot exercises like sit-ups burn stomach chub), it’s just another ingredient in your caloric regimen, though Bamforth notes that in cases of excessive alcohol consumption (read: abuse) you can develop something called ascites: a buildup of fluid around your abdomen that can cause distension of a sort, though in that case it’s likely related to actual liver damage.

    So where did this idea that beer consumption spawns belly fat come from anyway?

    Massachusetts General Hospital alcohol researcher Dr. Aliyah Sohani suggests it may have to do with serving sizes: Both cans and bottles of beer average 12 ounces, while your average glass of wine contains five and your average shot glass is just 1.5 ounces.

    “You are drinking it in more quantities than wine or liquor, so you tend to have more caloric intake,” says Sohani. “You are talking about a difference between several hundred calories a night and a couple hundred.” Follow the logic here and if the average lush consumed wine in greater quantities than beer, the colloquialism would be “wine belly” (though hello alliterative fizzle).

    No, that doesn’t mean anyone’s green-lighting your nightly keg stands — alcohol is a calorie-dense compound, after all — it’s just that those extra belly rolls are as likely to come from any calorie-dense source as your favorite brew.

    Read more: Beer Bellies Are a Myth | TIME.com
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    not sure... i think abdominal fat is realted to too many beta (or adrenergic) receptors...
    the cause of this receptor imbalance would need to be found (diagnosed)... of course it wont, as there are only idiots in the medical field..

    so it isnt diagnosed, but in this case, there might be well something in the beer (hops, malt, alcohol?) that "helps" the people... they feel better after drinking beer (yeah, dont laugh)....

    so, as beer eases the condition that causes abdominal fat, it often comes together...

    its basically the other way round: abdominal fat induces beer consumption... so far my theory...

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    if you have abdominal fat, you most likely suffer also from erectile disfunction and some heart problems... the most common ranking is:

    1st erectile disfunction
    2nd ...couple of years later - belly fat
    3rd ...couple of years later - heart attack...

    for ED you might get an antidepressant, that then is used to explain the belly fat...
    by the time you suffer the heart attack, which was unavoidable anyway, it will be blamed onto the viagra...

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    ^ well I'm alright then.

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    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by alitongkat View Post
    if you have abdominal fat, you most likely suffer also from erectile disfunction and some heart problems... the most common ranking is:

    1st erectile disfunction
    2nd ...couple of years later - belly fat
    3rd ...couple of years later - heart attack...

    for ED you might get an antidepressant, that then is used to explain the belly fat...
    by the time you suffer the heart attack, which was unavoidable anyway, it will be blamed onto the viagra...
    You have confused me here mate, i do have a beer belly with a seemingly endless hard dick and my recent general health check was that my heart function was ok for my age.
    Back to the fridge for another tin then before i spear the bearded clam.

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    Fark! I must be pregnant then!!

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    sounds like an adverse reaction, dobella...

    but with the heart you have to be careful, when you have a "real" beer belly, so excessive abdominal(!) fat...

    there are "other" tests that have to be done, but i dont remember what it was, but it has to do with angiotensin and the oxygene, that goes to the heart as well as the vasoconstriction in the area... i think... the trouble wont be seen with the "regular" idiot heartbeat machine tests...

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    ^ alto mate, i understood several of your words there.... idiot, tests machine etc.
    the rest of it went over my head unfortuneatly.
    we'll all keep rocking until we drop i guess.

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    almost everyone with abdominal fat might have low vitamin d levels... sounds laughable, but is very important to supplement this AND spend minimum 2 beers (30 minutes) in the sun without sunglasses per day...

    vit d deficit has to do with the underlying condition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    Fark! I must be pregnant then!!

    And what have I told you about not using protection???

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    Hi NR

    welcome back

    your friend PhuketHorsearse has never stopped talking about you

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    your friend PhuketHorsearse has never stopped talking about you
    Cheers, DrA.

    So, I noticed yesterday when I came back for a read. And I know this will gall her, but I had completely forgotten about her. Even the name didn't ring a bell

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    Mines real.

    I'm using it to stand my iPad on while typing this..

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    Quote Originally Posted by alitongkat
    1st erectile disfunction
    2nd ...couple of years later - belly fat
    3rd ...couple of years later - heart attack...
    Cheers Kunt face



    Oh and ive never had the erectile dys thingy, just had to get the bird on top

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    That more or less looks like my guts.

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