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My hubby, 55, has gone on a health kick. He is practicly vegetarian, and exercises daily. After a couple months he has lost a litle weight and is looking better, firmer all over, but, he still is a binge drinker and still has a big hard belly, but with very little fat.  I think this has to be related to the booze, because after a binge he looks like a nine month pregnant lady for a week, then it goes down, then back again with the next binge.
If I could convince him its the booze and not to much carbs, lack of situps or supplements, etc, he would probably cut down. Thanks for your help!

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Dear Susan,

Beer is full of hops which helps to increase the abdominal girth, in addition to being a carbohydrate. The best way to cut down on the waist line is to limit alcohol to one or two a week, drink plenty of water, exercise daily and do plenty of aerobis exercise - fast paced walking, biking, running, etc. Hope this helps.  

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