Don’t give up! Beer to lose weight?

Happy National Quitter’s Day! That’s right, today’s the day that most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. Strava found that more people give up on the second Friday of the new year.

“Sticking to resolutions is hard and we all know there’s a lot of talk and pressure in January about getting fitter and being healthier,” said Gareth Mills, country manager for Strava. “A key factor in success is motivation, and analyzing millions of activity uploads, we’ve been able to pinpoint the day your motivation is most likely to waver.”

 So, if you want to keep your resolution, Strava suggests getting help from a friend, especially if the resolution is health or fitness based. Or convince a friend to participate in dry January with you? I know that’s odd coming from the Tipsy Dancer, but I don’t hate on people who choose not to drink, especially because I don’t know their reasons.

But if you’re like me, and one of your resolutions is to lose weight, beer may be able to help. Research conducted by scientists at the Oregon State University determined that the xanthohumol found in hops and beer improved some aspects of metabolic syndrome and also reduced weight gain.

So what I’m hearing is- beer is good for you and your waist line. However, you’d need to drink over 3,000 pints to achieve this effect. PLEASE do not accept this challenge. All I’m saying is, if you feel inclined to add xanthohumol to your diet via supplements or by munching on hops (ew.), then you are backed by science.  So this might not help you this year, but in the future, be on the lookout for hops infused supplements.

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