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Belly Fat Blues: Beer

Belly Fat Blues: Beer

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Jim

    Also remember that you can’t target any area on your body to lose weight. Doing crunches and situps won’t help the belly fat any more than jogging or running.

    For me, I’ve plateaued so I am hitting up the strength training via lifting weights.

    For most people waste lines go last. Legs, Butt,Arms,Waste seems to be the common order. Your body stores most of its excess weight there I guess because its the best place to “load balance”.

    Remember to change up your exercise routine to keep your body guessing!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the comment Jim!

      I lost a few inches around my belly this Fall when I stopped running and switched to weight training. It did the trick! Now I’ve plateaued again. Time to mix it up again?

  2. Carbzilla

    Great post! I’ve pretty much given up alcohol because I just can’t metabolize it, and I get ridiculously hungover. It’s such a crapshoot that it’s often just not worth it. Every once in a while, I’ll drink, take a migraine pill, and hope for the best. I absolutely HATE being hungover. Chris is lucky. He never ever gets hungover. I’m jealous!

  3. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    I try to limit drinking to 1-2 times a week, depending on what’s going on. My drink of choice is normally wine, which has ~100 calories for a small glass. Tonight I am going out for drinks with my old boss, and my goal is to limit it to two glasses. We’ll see how it goes!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Wine is my preference as well. I normally only drink beer occasionally in the summer time or the seasonal ales.

  4. Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    On average, I have a drink or two maybe once or twice a week. I usually stick with wine, although when I’m at a restaurant I like to get a martini or margarita. When I know I’m going to indulge in a high-calorie drink, I try and cut back on something else (like the bread basket!) but sometimes I just let myself have a cheat meal and enjoy it all!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think last night was my cheat meal!

      I drink 1-3 nights a week but often that’s just one glass of wine with dinner.

  5. Stephanie

    Interesting post, I’m doing Slimming World in the UK but am from Ireland and love my Guinness!! Have all but given up beer since starting my weight loss journey but vodka and slimline tonic is a good substitute and less calories.


    ps. great blog and v inspiring!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you Steph! Man….Guinness! How many calories are in a Guinness??

  6. @irun2befit

    Great great great great post!! I think this is where A LOT of people struggle. Giving up beer/alcohol is sorta like saying you’ll never have a peice of birthday cake again. Of course you will, it’s a part of social life!
    I used to drink a lot, then I got a M-F job, and cut it down to Friday & Saturday. Theeeennn.. When I started training for a half marathon I cut it to just Saturday night and viola, lost a lot of weight! It’s true, alcohol can really impair weightloss.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Steena you are so right! I stopped drinking completely for about 2 months this year when I was detoxing from Celexa. I just couldn’t handle any alcohol. Not taking Celexa and not drinking for 2 months the weight started to drop off. Seeing photos of this time last year compared to me now…yikes! Total change.

  7. Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com

    this is a great post!!!!!
    You are so right!!!
    I always say that alcohol is the same as dessert and we shouldn’t have either but on a special occasion or now and then, at leas only have ONE…not both!!!
    And, only ONE drink or dessert not TONS!!!


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Tori! I realized awhile ago that I couldn’t have both. Most days I choose the chocolate over the beer but not always. 😉

  8. Sheri

    Living in Beer Mecca is making this belly fat thing really
    difficult for me as well! I was more of a vodka/red bull or Miller
    Lite girl until I moved here – now it’s all full-calorie, more
    delicious brews for me! On a normal week, I’d say I probably drink
    a total of about 6 beers. I can’t say the same for this week,
    however. And I’m going to pretend that New Year’s Eve doesn’t count
    as well… I’ll start fresh on January 1! 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree. I was never a beer drinker until I moved to Portland. All these breweries here and they are so good!

  9. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)

    Being young and rarely drinking (a glass or two of wine
    every couple of weeks) can be hard but I stick with it. It has less
    to do with calories and more to do with how I feel. Love having
    energy in the morning and not lying around in bed all day.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m lucky that I’m rarely hung over. In fact I almost always get up the next morning and workout! 5-10 years from now….that might be another story!

  10. Ellen@fatgirlwearingthin

    My husband absolutely loves microbrewed beers. It’s become
    a hobby of this and thus I’m along for the ride. Thank heaven I
    don’t care for the taste of beer, but it doesn’t stop me from
    always wanting to sample his. I lost my weight slowly as well, but
    the skin still sags unfortunately for me. I have all but given up
    on the idea of ever seeing my abs again, but I still do ab work
    just because it helps my lower back and makes me feel

    1. Lisa Eirene

      How much did you lose? I plan to get the skin taken care of after I have kids and all that.

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