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Fat loss & Alcohol – Everything you need to know


Bottoms up!

Cheers!

These are the two phrases you are probably used to using when it comes to sinking a few at your local bar with friends!

Are you used to getting in from a stressful day at work, putting your feet up and enjoying a couple of glasses of wine? Are you doing your best to lose weight but the scales are moving in the wrong direction?

Alcohol is part of every day life and is a socially acceptable drug. The problem is, it’s seriously hindering your weight loss goals!

1. Alcohol is catabolic
Nutritionally-void alcohol, unlike the other macronutrient groups such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats alcohol supplies what nutrition experts often refer to as ‘empty calories’. What really hinders your fat loss process is that it’s the first fuel to be used when combined with carbohydrates, fats and proteins, postponing the fat-burning process and contributing to greater fat storage.

2. It’s double the calories of protein and carbohydrates!
At this point you should be thinking to yourself, is that glass of vino really worth it? At seven calories per gram, alcohol gives your body almost twice as many calories as protein and carbohydrates. To put it into perspective, alcohol has only two fewer calories than fat, which has nine per gram. It’s also important to consider that the calories in alcohol lack the nutrients beneficial for a healthy metabolism and will therefore hasten fat storage again.

3. Alcohol makes you want to eat MORE!
Have you ever been on a night out and been so ready for a pizza or kebab after?
This is a proven affect of alcohol – it makes you hungry! If you are hungry you are more likely to binge on naughty foods!
A Canadian study once found that alcohol consumed before a meal increased caloric intake to a far greater extent than did a carbohydrate drink. If you are dining out try to limit alcohol intake and damage limitate. If weight loss is your goal then you should seriously consider ditching alcohol altogether.

4. Alcohol lowers your testosterone levels
Both men and women have testosterone, and it has a powerful fat loss effect. Unfortunately this effect is reduced whenever alcohol is consumed, therefore ruining it’s natural ability to assist in fat burning. Also, testosterone as an anabolic hormone, contributes to gains in lean muscle mass. Less testosterone means fewer muscle gains, and less muscle means a lowered metabolic rate. Lets look at a few of the numbers:

1 glass of wine = 165cals
1 pint of regular beer = 153cals
Regular spirit measure = 64 cals

Just imagine where you can get these calories from in a healthy nutritional way! Alcoholic calories are such a waste!

As you can see from the above alcohol can have such a detrimental effect on your fat loss journey. It really isn’t worth it and it’s best left for a cheat day, even still it’s best left completely out the equation!