Now, I’m no nutritionist, nor am I a doctor. Although I did spend two years working as a personal trainer (really!), I’m probably not qualified to give you any dietary advice.
That all said, this article caught my eye:
MAN LOSES 90 POUNDS WITHOUT GIVING UP BEER
Anecdotally, I can relay a similar story.
Back in college, I played a couple of sports..or at least I was on the teams enough to get a bit of garbage time. As a junior, I suffered a knee injury (torn ACL, shredded meniscus and bone chips) that required a couple major surgeries and ended my intercollegiate athletic experience. I compensated for this by basically sitting on my posterior for way too long and ballooned up to nearly 250 pounds (113 kg) from my playing weight of 190 pounds (86 kg).
After about a year, I decided to pursue an opportunity to play again and needed to get back in shape. My routine was to basically eat a high protein breakfast / early meal and spend the rest of the day with a beer diet and occasional protein shake to supplement my workouts. It worked, at least for me. I played three more years at a high level between 195-200 pounds (88-90 kg) and still maintain a weight at around 215-220 pounds (97-99 kg) twenty plus years later.
As mentioned above, I’m certainly not advocating “a beer diet” for everyone – or anyone for that matter – but beer, as we’ve said before, can be a healthy part of a balanced diet. It contains no fat and can be high in B vitamins and other nutrients. In fact, the craft beer movement coincides nicely with the trend to fresh and organic foods, which can be good for your body, as well as your community and spirit. In short, the “beer belly” myth has very little to do with beer.
So enjoy your favorite craft beer moderately and guilt free as a tasty part of your routine…and don’t let the naysayers tell you that you can’t lose a few pounds at the same time.