We’re all guilty of saying we’ll go out for one drink and then, before you know it, you’ve guzzled your way through a whole keg.
Although it’s just liquid, alcohol contains a surprising amount of calories that can widen your waistline without you knowing.
According to the NHS, drinking five pints of lager a week is the equivalent of gorging on an extra 44,200 calories a year – or eating 221 doughnuts.
The average pint of 5% beer contains 215 calories which is the food equivalent of a packet of McCoy’s salty crisps, so it’s easy to see how you can develop an unwanted beer gut.
Eat every three hours – Passing on breakfast will send your body into starvation mode, meaning your body starts to store everything you’ve eaten as fat, and you’re midsection is the first to suffer the consequences
To reverse the damage done by drinking, personal trainer Georgie Okell has designed the One Pint Work Out which can help you burn off the calories consumed in one beer.
George created the routine in collaboration with Go Sober for October – a campaign which encourages people to give up booze for 31 days this month to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
His high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine takes just 10 minutes and is guaranteed to get your body burning fat, in the same time it takes to drink one beer.
Compared to slow, steady state cardio, HIIT training burns more calories in less time helping you shift your gassy gut quicker.
Tom Cowen, head personal trainer for Xercise4less, told Daily Star Online: “I have to be honest, there is no magic cure such as hundreds of stomach crunches – they will strengthen your core but not reduced fat.
“The only way to do this is to have a state of negative energy balance – burn more calories than you’re consuming.
“It’s pretty straight forward though to beat this, just increase your activity level and eat less calories – ideally combining both of these will lead to optimal results.”
Chew gum – A super-easy way to burn some extra calories is popping a few pieces of gum now and then. The act of chewing keeps your jaw muscles moving, and—not only will you be burning calories—you’ll stop yourself from consuming more calories.
Here is the One Pint Work Out:
3 x rounds
30 x seconds each exercise
30 x seconds rest between rounds
1. High knees
Hands above your head, drive knees up higher than your waist, light on your toes.
2. Squat jumps
Use your arms to leap all the way up and then drive down to the ground through your heels.
3. Mountain climbers
Keeping shoulders stacked over your wrists, hips in line with your shoulders, drive your knees forward towards your chest.
4. Bicycle crunches
On your back, hands at your temples, keep your elbows wide and drive your elbow towards your opposite knee.
5. Plank jacks
On your forearms, hips in line with your shoulders, kick both legs out nice and wide and then jump them back into a plank position.
Jump down towards the ground, chest to floor, push yourself up, drive your knees into your chest and spring all the way up.