Visceral fat: Three drinks ‘most likely’ to contribute to abdominal fat build-up – study

This is because foods high in simple sugars tend also to contain more calories, which are automatically stored as extra fat in the body.

Sugary beverages therefore quickly lead to weight gain, which often ends up being stored in the abdominal area.

What’s more, beer often gets the blame for visceral fat gain because it is often consumed in excess, which can lead to a calorie overload.

Michael Jensen, an endocrine expert and obesity researcher with the Mayo Clinic who was not involved in the study, explained: “In general, alcohol intake is associated with bigger waists because when you drink alcohol, the liver burns alcohol instead of fat.”

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