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Easy ways to get rid of your beer belly

Beer belly, love handles, the middle-aged spread – whatever you call it, having a bit of a gut is something many people notice as they age. But just how harmful is a beer belly for health and what are the best ways to get rid of excess weight?

Andrew Wynd, Starts at 60’s exercise expert and APA sports physiotherapist at Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre recently answered these questions and more for readers.

Q: Why do older people get a beer belly?

A: There are a few reasons, including a slowing metabolism, but the primary reason is hormonal in nature. This being a reduced sensitivity to insulin which becomes blunted over time, causing an increase to neo lipogenesis (the building of new fat cells).

Q: What diet and lifestyle factors can contribute to a person getting a beer belly?
A: A beer belly is so named as the beer contains a large percentage of carbohydrates. Carbs cause an insulin spike which requires the body to ‘switch off fat burning’ and attempt to deal with the rise in blood sugar levels. As it struggles to cope with this over time, the more beers we drink over more years, the bigger the beer belly. The body is storing the excess fat around the belly.

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