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Bloated Beer Belly
My friend has a really bloated stomach he looks as if he is 8 months pregnant! he drinks beer & eats fatty foods & now tends to bring his food back up?
Not pregnant, right?: There are lots of reasons for abdominal discomfort & bloating, & not all of them are due to the GI tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without underlying "disease." however your friend's lifestyle is certainly not healthy & predisposes him to gastroparesis due to stomach outlet obstruction (often from scarring due to ulcers), delayed stomach emptying, liver and pancreatic disease. ...Read more
Stop drinking...: Seriously, if your goal is weight reduction, beer is very high in empty, non-nutritive calories. You can't spot reduce, so aiming for specific reduction in abdominal circumference may prove frustrating. Abdominal exercise will certainly tone your 6-pack which you can show off nicely once total weight reduction is achieved. There is no substitute for healthy eating & exercise to reach your goal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exactly!: As the question states, there are two things to lose here: the beer, the belly. As the beer is lost, the belly will get smaller. That is because alcohol has lots of calories. To get the belly to go away faster and more reliably, one must cut out sugar and simple starches (avoid drinks or foods with sugar). The rule is that one must eat fewer calories than he burns each day, to lose a belly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your health: Beer belly is a term for men who have a large amount of fat around the intestines which pushes the abdominal muscle out (like happens during late pregnancy in women.) the risks are heart disease, diabetes, impotence, sudden death, sleep apnea, and excessive wear and tear on the joinsts of the spine and lower extremities due to the posture. ...Read more
A warning sign: Pain is your body's way of saying stop! of course, not all pain signals something bad, nor are all therapeutic procedures painless. However, there is nothing therapeutic about downing a lot of beer into a stomach that hurts. A reasonable assumption is that your stomach is already inflammed, so beer just irritates further an already irritated stomach lining. Stop drinking, & please get evaluated. ...Read more
No: Painful lumps are not normal, see a physician, difficult to speculate what they could be, . ...Read more
The common myth about beer is that it gives you a beer belly, not sure what to believe; is it true that beer only will get you a belly?
Metabolic/Genetic: Weight gain with metabolic problems like diabetes causes excessive abdominal fat buildup. Typically men get this pattern because their muscle pattern creates the telltale shape. Women can have abdominal fat, but tend to get "jelly bellies" on top of the muscle. Perhaps this is protective for being able to carry pregnancies, where belly fat would compromise the space available for baby. ...Read more