Alcohol is more than liquid calories—it is a saboteur that zaps your metabolism. Our guy changed up his drinking habits and lost 10 pounds. We are going to drink to that! Have years of too many beers morphed your six pack abs into a keg? If you have a “beer belly,” you aren’t alone. It seems beer drinkers across the world have the inclination grow bellies, particularly if they are guys, and especially as they get old. But is it truly beer that causes a “beer belly”? Not all beer drinkers have them — some teetotalers sport large ones. What actually causes some women, and men, to develop the notorious paunch? A new study from researchers at Oregon State University found that xanthohumol, a flavonoid found in beer and hops, helped mice lower their cholesterol levels and slim down. Meaning xanthuhomol, a compound found in beer, could keep you from putting on weight. Which is bloody amazing. Now here ’s the awful news. The mice had a LOAD of xanthohumol for that effect to take place. But, researchers say, later on, a targeted amount of xanthohumol taken once a day and could be packaged into a nutritional supplement. The supplement could be a low-cost and powerful treatment for metabolic syndrome, the set of variables that raise your risk for stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. About one in three Americans have metabolic syndrome, estimates the American Heart Association, so this could be a welcome innovation. The results have demonstrated the compound holds promise, possibly reducing risk of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Studies will have to be ran on humans, before we understand actual effectiveness and its security for fighting and more, though. For the study, laboratory mice were fed a high-fat diet and given varying degrees of xanthohumol. The rats given the maximum dosage of xanthohumol cut at their LDL or “bad cholesterol” by 42 percent by 80 percent and their insulin levels. Their amounts of IL-6, a biomarker of inflammation, was reduced by 78 percent. The laboratory animals were fed the same abundant diet and given the same numbers of food. But weight gain 22 percent less in the mice received xanthohumol in their diets. Researchers have been interested in the health benefits of flavonoids, researching the compounds found in apples, garlic, chocolate, tea, blueberries, and other foods. Miranda says xanthohumol found in hops is unique because of its possibility to address many health problems, and to do so radically. Xanthohumol is simply seen in the hop plant, and is not present in any other plant, Miranda says. Any product like a drink or dietary supplement, hop tea, or beer in which hops, or hop infusions, are used may include xanthohumol, he says. For now, we’ll hang tight until we can employ for a human beer-drinking trial.