I never quite understood the concept of "empty calories" but, it appears for all intents and purposes they're the kind that makes you look like a fat middle aged semi-lethargic mug. I'm gonna be honest. I normally love shooting selfies of myself and posting them on reddit. But wow, I started hitting beer back in August, not much - just 1 or 2 cans a day Everything else is the same - and since then, frankly, I'm too ashamed to post selfies on reddit anymore. I was skinny as a motherfucker in my teens and 20's, went hell bent on getting stacked around mid 20's, achieved it around 30's, now early 30's I put on weight pretty easily. 3 years ago I was 75 kgs, went up to about 100 kgs of solid muscle, but since August, another 5 to 6 kgs onto that with fat. Around the under chin, and lower abs, fuckin' muffin like. I modified every other aspect of my diet - reduced late night calories, cut way down on sugar and gluten intake, I mean - pretty damn healthy all around. But maintained my 1 to 2 cans of beer a day schedule. And my middle-aged-man appearance has stayed. As of today, I've abstained and am determined to exclude beer completely for the next month and see what kind of difference it makes. .... So what it is? Is this late onset genetics - like how latin women get a big ass in their 30's - or actually attributable to a couple cans of brew, daily?