SingleDad Diary Blog is designed to feature a variety of Dad Bloggers from across the nation who want to share their lives and learn from others. This month, learn about the struggle with drinking beer and becoming fat… Read more.
Single Dad Blog: The Fear With Beer
SingleDad Diary Blog is designed to feature a variety of Dad
Bloggers from across the nation who want to share their lives and learn from
others. This month, learn about
the struggle with drinking beer and becoming fat… Read more.
Dear Better Dad,
I’m going to tell you a short story featuring me, a 40 year
old single dad. I’ve always been
an avid drinker, since the day I turned the legal drinking age of 21 (and,
being honest, years and years before that fateful day too). Shots, mixed drinks, beer, even wine –
I drank it all and I didn’t slow down a minute, until now. The other day I woke up, just like I do
every other average day, and hopped into the shower. Upon getting out, I glanced to my left to see a shocking
surprise – my reflection, but not the way I was used to seeing myself. Oh no,
Single Dad, it was bad. I had
grown a beer belly overnight. How
could something so awful spring itself upon me in my sweet slumber? What happened?? So then, when I got dressed – to my
horror and surprise – my pants didn’t zip, and they certainly were nowhere
close to buttoning. I had gone
from a size 34 to size Beer Belly.
Now, I am not the kind of guy that is going to stop drinking, especially
overnight. In writing you, Single
Dad, I am asking for some honest and helpful advice. Thank you in advance.
Beer Belly Bruce
Dear Beer Belly Bruce,
It sounds like you are just now coming to realize that you
cannot be drinking the same ways that you once did, such as back in your
college days. You’re no longer a
freshman, Beer Belly Bruce, but it seems you have noticed a prominent Freshman
Fifteen, isolated solely upon your belly, crafted with beer. And let me tell you – these craft beers
are half your problem! Remember
the evolution of beers: it all began with just a few primary beers – you know,
like your typical Bud Light and Coronas – but in the following decades as
technological advancements made their way into breweries, those select beers
became a part of a microevolution of microbrews. The problem here?
Definitely not the taste, as I am sure you have also come to find, but
rather the calorie count. They
don’t tell you how many calories you are actually consuming, and believe me –
it is more than you think. Which
is why you noticed a sharp change in your weight and size – seemingly
unprompted, but actually caused by these beers.
So, people your and I’s age are now getting beer bellies
because of both the quality and quantity of beers they are drinking. What can we do to slow this down and
possibly reverse this awful thing before it becomes too large to handle? Well, Bruce, I’ll tell you. You must force yourself to get full
faster. This means drinking a
glass of water for every beer that you have, which will fill your stomach up
with water at the same time as the beer, cutting down your calorie intake. The fear of beer is real! Beer is especially popular in
summertime because of the heat, and the seductive call of a popping open a cold
one from the cooler and sitting out beneath the sun by the pool – am I right? So as this summer comes to a close,
make sure you’re thinking about yourself and how you want to look and feel
after you drink those beers – remember to drink water to keep you full! And an additional tip – don’t drink
past 7 or 8 at night, as it drastically increases the amount of calories and
fat that is stored in your body as it goes to rest.
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