How to Lose Weight and Drink Alcohol

 In Fitness Success, Health Coaching Southlake, Nutrition Coaching, Nutrition Planning

Last month we had St. Patty’s Day, which tends to be another “good excuse” to booze it up.

Look, I’m not here to preach, I just want to share the FACTS and help you make the best decision for YOU…

So, let me start by telling you how alcohol works in your body:

Once alcohol is swallowed, it travels down the esophagus into the stomach and the small intestine. It avoids the normal digestive process and goes right into the bloodstream. About 20 percent of the alcohol consumed is absorbed in the stomach, and about 80 percent is absorbed in the small intestine.

The alcohol in your bloodstream then travels directly to your liver.  One of the liver’s main jobs is to get rid of poisons—like alcohol—that enter the body.

 

The alcohol is broken down into acetate and acetaldehyde which IMMEDIATELY signals your body to STOP BURNING FAT!

Even worse, another waste product of alcohol – acetyl CoA – actually starts to MAKE MORE BODY FAT!

What does this mean?

Well, your body can only effectively process about 0.5 to 1 ounce of alcohol per hour – about 1 drink per hour.

So, for every drink you consume, you STOP BURNING FAT and START STORING FAT for an hour.  2 drinks, 2 hours… 3 drinks, 3 hours… You get the idea.

Now you can see why throwing a couple back with your buddies after work or splitting a bottle of wine with your spouse every night can really mess with your results.

And that’s not all…

Remember, that’s just the effect of the alcohol…

Don’t forget the excess sugar and calories that come with most drinks.  You can easily add hundreds, even thousands, of excess calories to your diet!

THE BOTTOM LINE:

If you want to be lean, you must minimize alcohol consumption!

If you want really enjoy the taste/experience, then…

  1. Choose hard liquor, wine, or light beer (preferably gluten free)
  2. Limit consumption to 1-2 days per week with a 1-2 drink per day maximum

I’m not saying you can’t enjoy a few drinks here and there.  I just want you to understand how it affects your body so you can make an educated decision when you choose to drink.

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