Beer belly, keg, spare tire, love handles, "big-boned," bowl full of jelly -- there are so many endearing terms for the extra blubber packed around your midsection, it's tough to choose a favorite. While the most popular, "beer belly," is a catchy, alliterative term, storing fat in your stomach area is a little bit more complicated than drinking too much beer. Though that doesn't help, obviously.
So why do you seem to get a little more rotund as you get older and your job gets a little worse and you just need a few beers to decompress, dammit, while others seem to maintain their abs, even when they pack on the pounds?
More important: Once you have a beer belly, how do you get rid of it?
Genetics are a big factor
Unfortunately, genetics are a crapshoot capable of producing many a terrible hand. Some people get to eat garbage all day long and not gain a pound, while others add a love handle just looking at a donut. Where your body decides to deposit fat works the same way; some people are just more prone to putting their flab in their belly area than others.