Is drinking alcohol bad for you diet?
You’re trying to get in shape, and you’ve been doing so well. You’ve been eating the right foods, exercising regularly, and now you’re thinking it wouldn’t hurt to have a glass of wine at dinner.
When consumed too much alcohol can really throw a wrench into your weight-loss goals because it slows down your metabolism. Experts recommend keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum if you want to see results.
First, alcohol isn’t like other calories that can be stored in the body for later use. The body burns alcohol as its main source of energy before turning to carbs and fat. So when you drink alcohol, any food you consume will be converted into fat and stored—which is not what you want when you’re trying to slim down.
When you drink alcohol in excess, you deplete the body’s stores of B vitamins, which are essential for turning food into energy and metabolizing fat cells. Then there’s the issue of how the body processes alcohol itself: the liver prioritizes breaking down ethanol so that it can be removed from the bloodstream before other nutrients can be burned as fuel. This means that while you’re drinking, your metabolism takes a backseat to get rid of the alcohol in your system—which can be up to 24 hours after you’ve had your last drink.
Alcohol are empty calories
Drinking alcohol makes it difficult to reach your dream weight goal. It is very high in calories: 1g of alcohol equals 7 kcal. For example, 1g of carbohydrates or proteins is 4 kcal, whereas fat is 9 kcal. A small glass of Savignon Blanck (175ml) is around 140 kcal, then a single shot of vodka is over 100kcal. Alcohol doesn’t have any nutritional value.
What’s more, from the science’s point of view, ethyl alcohol (found in most alcoholic beverages) is nothing more than poison. The most toxic compound formed during its decomposition is acetaldehyde. The toxin is responsible for headaches, nausea and vomiting, in other words, the famous hangover.
What alcohol during diet?
It’s Friday night, which means it’s time to hit the bar with your friends…right? Well, maybe not if you’re trying to stick to a strict diet. Sure, you can have fun and still lose weight at the same time—it just takes a little smart thinking.
We know that when we drink alcohol, we often have a harder time sticking to our goals. That’s because alcohol can lower our inhibitions and make us feel more compelled to indulge in the foods we would normally try to avoid. The thing is, those calories can add up quickly: one beer has almost 200 calories!
The good news is that it is perfectly okay to have alcohol while on a diet—you just need to be mindful of what you order.
Dry wine is definitely the best choice for our figure. It has few calories and the least carbohydrates. In addition, it does not contain salt, fat or cholesterol. This applies to both white and red wine.
Give up sweet drinks!
So if you’re going to drink spirits, don’t mix it with sugary juices. Each glass of cola gives an extra 100 calories, a cosmopolitan drink an extra 147 calories, piña colada 180 calories and mojitos 190 calories.
To keep your drink as low-calorie as possible (and still manage to enjoy it), mix your vodka with soda water and lots of fresh lemon juice.
Another thing to be mindful of is: don’t go out hungry: If you don’t eat before drinking alcohol, you’re more likely to reach for high-calorie snacks like chips or fries. Instead, eat a small meal before leaving for the bar so that you don’t end up binging on unhealthy food later on.
It’s extra important to replenish your fluid intake when drinking. If you don’t drink enough water, you may feel unwell the next day due to dehydration and mineral deficiencies. Your body will try to compensate for its losses by retaining fluids in the intercellular spaces, which could lead to swelling and higher weight readings.
How can I still drink alcohol and loose weight?
The secrets of a good figure lie in the right diet and physical activity. But can you drink alcohol while on a diet? Short answer, yes you can! If you follow all the steps above alcohol won’t destroy your diet outright—but it will probably slow down your progress in a significant way. It’s up to you to decide!
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