How Alcohol Affects Your Body (and Belly Fat)! [Infographic]

How Alcohol Affects Your Body - Infographic from
Regular or over-consumption of alcohol, including red wine (which is touted as having some health benefits when consumed in moderation in some popular diets) leads to the infamous and dreaded belly fat aka the beer belly, the pot belly and the muffin top in both men and women.

This has to do with the way in which the body metabolizes alcohol.  Simply put, the body considers alcohol to be a toxin and, as such, automatically puts a priority on detoxing and removing it.

This is primarily done in the liver. While this detoxification process is going on, the body suppresses fat oxidation, resulting in the body's temporary inability to burn fat as well as facilitating the easy storage of dietary fats - particularly in the abdominal (i.e., belly) area.  This is why alcohol consumption is so strongly associated with general weight gain and specifically with accumulation of belly fat and a big waistline.

But regular ingestion of alcohol (especially in larger amounts) has other deleterious effects on various organs and systems in the body, including the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, stomach, bladder and stomach and breasts, as this infographic illustrates.

If you are struggling with weight loss and are drinking alcohol - even in moderate amounts - consider giving it up - not just for the better fat burning and less fat storage benefits but also for your general health and well being.  Your liver, heart, brain and other vital organs will thank you!

To view this infographic in full screen, and for more information about drinking aclohol, please visit - Alcohol and the Body - How To Avoid the Side Effects.

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