How to Lose Weight If You Like to Drink Beer

Making the decision to lose weight often means cutting out your favorite foods and drinks. If you like to drink beer but want to lose weight, you may be fighting an uphill battle. According to Shape Fit, your body processes alcohol before anything else, which slows down any fat burning. If you intend to lose weight but want to continue drinking beer, you will need to modify your diet, get more exercise and control the amount of beer you drink.

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Step 1

Reduce your drinking to promote weight loss. Try to drink one or two fewer beers per sitting. You can also try to drink "light" or "ultra light" versions of your favorite beers in order to remove a few more calories.

Step 2

Eat smaller meals more frequently through the day. Instead of eating two to three large meals try eating four to six smaller meals each day to avoid snacking between meals and overeating. Try to build healthy foods, such as whole grain bread products, fruits, vegetables and lean protein, into each meal.

Step 3

Eat from a plate instead of a box or bag. Mayo Clinic recommends putting a serving size on your plate to avoid overeating and adding excess calories to your diet. Read the nutrition label on each food product to determine what a suggested serving size is.

Step 4

Engage in aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes each day to burn calories and lose weight. Try to pick an activity you enjoy to ensure you will be able to follow through with your plan to lose weight. Some of the best activities for aerobic weight loss are running, swimming, cycling, rowing and tennis.

Step 5

Perform weight training to build more muscle and burn fat faster each day. Train each muscle group (shoulders, back, chest, arm, legs and stomach) for at least 15 minutes once a week. Use various exercises and try to complete three sets of eight to 12 repetitions per exercise. See Shape Fit's Muscle Specific Exercises in the Resources section below for a list of exercises.

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