Alcohol consumption has been linked to abdominal fat, registered dietitian Whitney English, MS, RDN, CPT, of Whitney E. RD shared with POPSUGAR. One reason is when you drink alcohol, which your body cannot store like it can fat, protein, and carbs, your liver prioritizes processing the alcohol, which interferes with your metabolism.
Plus, since alcohol can't be stored as energy, it is metabolized through unique pathways in the body; this can also trigger hormonal changes that could lead to increased belly fat.
A glass of red wine once in a while isn't the problem (thank you, wine gods!), but excessive alcohol consumption will lead to increased belly fat. Stephanie added, "My favorite trick is pouring bubbly water into a wine glass! It feels like you're indulging, but it's not taking a toll on your waistline."