Weight loss and alcohol - they simply don’t mix!

When it comes to weight loss and alcohol, they simply don’t mix!

Alcohol doesn’t make you feel full or decrease your desire to consume less food. In fact, alcohol encourages your body to burn up to 36% less fat and makes you store more of the fat you eat. It can inhibit your body’s production of hormones that help burn fat and build muscle. If you simply can’t/won’t pass on the alcohol, limit yourself to two to three alcoholic drinks a week. 

Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that fat metabolism can be reduced by as much as 73% after only two drinks of vodka and lemonade in a one hour time period. What this tells us is that the primary effect of alcohol on the body is not so much how much of it gets stored as fat, but how it shuts down the body’s ability to access your fat stores for energy.

Alcohol in the body is converted into a substance called acetate. In the study, blood levels of acetate were 2.5 times higher than normal after only two drinks and it appears that this sharp rise in blood acetate puts a halt on fat burning! Water, although not as exciting to some as alcohol, has far more benefits. It helps you feel satiated as we often misinterpret hunger for thirst. It flushes out toxins and waste products that your body creates in the breakdown of fat for energy and when it processes protein. Water helps transport nutrients to your muscles to keep your metabolism working efficiently.

For greater fat loss success, steer clear of alcohol and get into the ‘clear’ stuff instead.