HealthHub Login

What Causes Beer Belly?

By Lucy Rose Clinic

April 20, 2022

A beer belly is a term given to fat accumulation on the belly, and the belly can actually become very solid.

Yes, beer and alcohol are considerable drivers of this, but there are other factors at play, and you don’t have to drink excessively to get a beer belly.

It’s about hormones and calories and not beer!

Beer belly occurs from excessive calorie consumption which deposits on your waistline. There are two kinds of belly fat.

1. Visceral fat – This is fat deposited around the organs.

2. Subcutaneous fat – This is fat that sits under the skin.

If you have a belly that is hard to the touch, that is made up of more visceral fat, and that is the most dangerous place to store it.

If the belly is soft and squishy to the tough, it is more subcutaneous fat.

A hard belly increases the risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Renal disease
  • Depression
  • Acid reflux
  • Fatty liver disease

Measure your risk factors

Just pressing your stomach is not a diagnostic measure, as there are other things that can cause a hard, bloated belly. Taking some measurements is a more accurate way to assess risk;

  1. Take Your Waist Circumference – the healthy range for men is 100 cm and below.
  2. Calculate Waist To Hip Ratio – take your waist measurement and divide it by your hip measurement. For men, the WHR should be 0.9 and less. source

Example. Waist 100cm Hip 90cm. 100 ÷ 90 = 1.1

Thyroid and Weight Loss

Luckily, belly fat can be shifted! The Lucy Rose Clinic has helped countless people lose weight who couldn’t shift it with other means.

This is thanks to our thorough testing to identify your own unique triggers affecting metabolism, food intolerances, blood sugars, thyroid function, and more.

By working with a practitioner you will address any hormone imbalances at the same time as the required diet and lifestyle changes to bring weight back into a healthy range

Belly fat is caused by many factors, including excessive alcohol intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, and poor sleeping patterns.

If you are struggling with any one of these factors, you will also struggle to lose weight.

Book a free consult and we can run science-based pathology to get you on a targeted and individually appropriate plan and help you shift any excess weight as quickly as possible.



Beer belly

50% of people have undiagnosed thyroid disorders, and 1 in 8 of them are men.

Don’t rely just on standard testing – if you struggle with weight, depression, low energy, brain fog, or any other ‘slowing down’ symptoms, talk with us.

We will get you the answers you need to live your healthiest life!

So don’t just ‘put up with it’. Book a call now.

Download our Autoimmune thyroid ebook

Related Content


Does PCOS end at menopause?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting women of reproductive age. It is characterised by hyperandrogenism, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries. While

Read More

Thyroid and ADHD Connection

Children’s health can be complex, influenced by the growth of the mind & body, and today’s article explores the potential link between thyroid and ADHD,

Read More