For those of us who like a have a glass of wine with dinner, or go out with friends for happy hour, Or the "I only drink on the weekends". Here's a few things you need to know about the alcohol you're consuming if you happen to be trying to lose fat.
There are calories in the drinks you consume. We like to call these EMPTY calories because the calories in alcohol lack any nutrient benefit for a healthy metabolism and will therefore hasten fat storage. At seven calories per gram, alcohol supplies almost twice as many as protein and carbohydrates. In fact, alcohol has only two fewer calories than fat, which has nine per gram.
Alcohol is considered a toxin by the body, which in turn immensely slows down or retards fat metabolism. The problem with all alcoholic beverages, and the reason I recommend refraining from alcohol consumption when on a "diet". Alcohol, whenever taken in, is the first fuel to burn. While that's going on, your body will not burn fat. This does not stop the weight loss, it simply postpones it.
Alcohol can reduce our inhibitions thereby allowing us to make poor decisions about food intake. (we have all been there)The result of this relaxed thinking could mean more calories consumed and extra body fat gains. Drinking usually leads to the consumption of the wrong kinds of food, without thinking of the consequences. Alcohol tends to have an appetite stimulating effect as it provides little in the way of nutrition, leaving a craving for other foods at the time of consumption.
Given alcohol is a by-product of yeast digestion; it can have an irritating effect on the lining of the stomach and gradually weaken the kidneys and liver. Any weakening of the stomach will lessen the rate and efficiency at which food is digested, which ultimately interferes with a healthy metabolism and the weight loss process.The liver - which processes toxins and breaks down fats for fuel - is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition.
Being hungover the next day can lead you to miss workouts or not be able to execute them with the required intensity. Don't get me wrong there is nothing essentially bad about having a glass of wine on occasion. But there are times when you may need to reduce or eliminate it for a while to achieve your goals.And if you do decide to have some wine or beer, you still have to be mindful of HOW MUCH you have.