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      Seems like my alcohol goes right to my belly. I am actually a skinny lady with a big fat belly. How do you lose belly fat?

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      I have heard that when your glucose levels go up from eating too much sugar or carbs, both of which are in alcohol, it tends to settle in your belly. As simple as it sounds it is hard for most of us to do: cut the calories and don't let the majority of your calories be alcohol. Oh, yeah, and that dreaded exercise word.......

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      Me too Mona...

      Who invented sit ups?

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      Hey-
      Unfortunately, I think some things are just genetic. Although, I mentioned to my trainer that I was sure I would never have a flat stomach no matter what I did....she said that wasn't true at all and of course I could have a flat stomach.
      I decided I would believe her
      Still not completely sure that she is right but...what the hell...guess I'll keep doing those crunches and see if I can find out.
      Of course, she didn't say how many years it would take:H

      gotta go to bed....getting up at 5:10 to get to the gym and see if I can make it to 24 minutes on the eliptical.

      Everyone have a great night!
      Lisa

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      Macks - obviously a sadist

      I try to do them first and get it over with...

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      Okay, Lisa, you are on the spot now, to prove that "anyone", even those of us who are genetically impaired can have a flat tummy. Go girl go.....and Mr Mack, do you do sit ups? You guys can have a beer belly, but us gals, look pregnant.
      Lush, I too have heard that theory about the excess carbs going right to the belly.
      How much sugar and carbs are in white wine?

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      Alcohol and Fat Burning

      I copied this from a website that I love and visit frequently:

      Skwigg's World


      Alcohol and Fat Burning


      Daily alcohol consumption will slow or stop your results. The drawbacks are probably going to far outweigh any health benefits. Your liver can't metabolize alcohol and fat at the same time. It will always get rid of the toxic substance (alcohol) first. That means that as long as there's alcohol in your system you won't be burning any body fat. If you have one or two drinks, you might stall your fat loss for a few hours. If you have quite a few drinks, it might be as long as four days before you're metabolizing fat again.

      Drinking also dehydrates you, raises cortisol levels (goodbye muscles), raises estrogen levels (hello hips), lowers inhibitions (pizza anyone?). Combine that with the fact that alcohol promotes abdominal fat storage (of all places!) and it's really not worth it, not even on free day, not if you're serious about making a major transformation.

      I personally don't drink alcohol at all. I'm way too freaky about my definition and nothing will wreck your abs faster. I know several women who have a few drinks once a week and they've still achieved their goals. I know other women who if they have even one drink a week can't lose that puffy lower belly or see any definition in their abs. Just how negative the impact is probably depends on your goals, age, activity level, metabolism, and a zillion other things.

      If wine with dinner is part of your lifestyle, and you're not in any particular hurry to have abs like a cheese grater, you might experiment a little. See if you can have a glass of wine a few times a week and still be making progress. If it's really slow going, keep cutting back the number of drinks until you're satisfied with the level of your results. Of course, if you're wanting to radically transform yourself for a Body for Life challenge, or a tropical vacation, or a big date with a little black dress, forget the alcohol. It's the enemy.

      Here are some links about alcohol's impact on muscle building and fat loss:

      What do you think about drinking beer on the weekends? - Bodybuilding - Questions and Answers - Personal on Nutrition for Bodybuilding, Fitness or Weight Loss.

      TeenBodybuilding.com - Big Red - Alcohol And Bodybuilding - Do They Mix?

      Bodybuilding.com - Dean Goudie - Alcohol's Curse On Bodybuilders.

      Go Ask Alice!: Do drinking and weight loss mix?

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      LtLM, oh my gosh, that hits me right in the gut! Wow, is this information helpful. Many thanks for sharing. I'll be checking out the websites.

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      LtLM, just read all the links and they are a good read, thanks again! Does anyone know just how much sugar is in a bottle of wine?

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      When I saw this thread, I thought you were talkin about my last avatar!! HA HA HA!!
      Ironic that I had changed it to the Golden Gate Bridge (a picture I took while in San Fran for the race) just last evening.
      Allie was into calling me "Becca big belly"... too funny!
      Yup, I've got these pretty nice legs now, working on the arms, but that dang tummy after having the kids and drinking and drinking...
      It HAS shrunk considerably since starting, but more needs to go away.
      Good info, Lt. Thanks!

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