Alcohol And Weight Loss

If you have been guzzling down low carb beer and low carb wine while on a diet, you may want to consider the following before you allow yourself to do so. I have read innumerable surveys about how alcohol in less quantity is actually good for us in many ways. While this is true, it is also a fact that on the whole, alcohol rarely helps in melting those inches off your waist.

There has been research recently which proves having a mere three ounces of alcohol reduces fat burning by about a third. But as a general rule, if you have to lose weight, it is a very stupid decision to booze. Alcohol intake slows the bodies’ ability to burn fat. This slowing of metabolism leads to additional accumulation of fat. Not only that, it becomes harder to burn it. Hence, drinking alcohol while following a diet is not the wisest of ideas.  Furthermore, alcohol get directly absorbed into the gut…which means fat storage around your stomach.

When someone drinks alcohol, it is broken down into acetate (vinegar) which has to be burned by the body even before fat or sugar. The liver converts most of the alcohol into acetate, which then enters the bloodstream and is used up as energy instead of fat or carbohydrates.  So if you consume more calories than required, then acetate has to be digested first. All the energy that your body requires is then obtained from the quantity of beer that you consumed. The fat that you consumed then just attaches itself to your body since it has not been burned up. Therefore, consumption of alcohol and fat together is a lethal combination.

Successful weight loss is about burning more calories than you consume. Many people turn to low fat alcoholic drinks when they are on a diet. However, what alcohol does, is not just reduce the amount of fat that you would normally burn, but also reduces your testosterone levels for the next 24 hours.

The combination of fatty foods and alcohol is potentially lethal. This is mainly because alcohol is an appetizer. A Canadian study showed how an alcoholic drink increased potential calories far more than a normal non-alcoholic carbohydrate based drink.  This is because alcohol raises your blood sugar levels very rapidly.  As quickly as your blood sugar rises, it will quickly come crashing down.  This is where you experience the symptoms of hunger and reach for high calorie foods.  But we see this all the time in restaurants.  The waiter asks for your drink order first, before your food order.  And then we have the white bread on the table which also acts as pure sugar and increase blood sugar levels rapidly.

So make sure you don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach, as this will increase the cravings for high calorie foods.  Drink a glass of water in between each drink you have so you stay hydrated and also, skip the dinner rolls at the table.

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