How Bad Is Alcohol For Weight Loss?

When embarking on a weight loss journey, alcohol is often first on the “no-no” list. Although it is possible to drink alcohol in moderation and still lose weight, regular or excessive alcohol can significantly hinder your weight loss efforts.

To start with alcohol its self is 7 calories per gram which is almost double the 4 calories per gram from protein and carbohydrates. The problem with drinking alcohol is that it doesn’t provide any feelings of satiety, so you’re likely to drink these calories in addition to the calories you are eating.

On top of this when you have been drinking alcohol it has a tendency to lower inhibitions making you more likely to indulge in foods that usually you would stay away from when trying to lose weight. You start out with good intentions but after a few drinks, that pizza or those crisps aren’t as off limits as you’d planned.

Drinking alcohol always interferes with the way your body burns fat. A vital component to successful weight loss. Normally the liver metabolises fat calories allowing you to use them for energy. When you drink alcohol, fat metabolism takes a backseat for the breakdown of the alcohol. Instead of using fat for energy, your body turns to the calories from alcohol. This causes a build up of fatty acids and can hinder weight loss.

The good news is… You don’t have to completely avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight, but limiting consumption and making smart choices are vital to success. When you do drink, try to stick to the recommend amounts – one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. A drink is defined as a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or 1 shot of spirit. Don’t skip dinner in an effort to conserve calories! Instead eat a healthy, satisfying meal before you indulge. This way, you’ll be less likely to drink too much or binge on unhealthy foods.

Lowest Calorie Alcoholic Drinks

Vodka/Gin with Soda or diet mixer (e.g diet coke) –  60-70 calories
1 glass of Champagne – 90 calories
Rum with Diet mixer – 100 calories
1 small glass of white or sparkling wine – 100 calories
1 small glass of red win – 120 calories
1 bottle of beer – 155 calories

Remember the key to success is small positive changes. If you drink every day then try just drinking every other day or just on weekends. If it is something you enjoy and you go teetotal you are more likely to give up. So make it achievable and still enjoy alcohol, maybe just less often. 🙂

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