With the Silly Season fast approaching, it is that time of year where you are probably more likely to have more to drink than usual. Unfortunately, and I know I am not giving you any ‘ground breaking’ news here, drinking alcohol more regularly than usual can definitely ‘slow down’ the weight loss process: read below to find out the reasons why!
Alcohol contains only empty calories: this means that there ARE calories in alcohol however these calories have absolutely no nutritional value (and therefore, have NO benefit to your health). Not only does alcohol not contain any nutrients, but it can hinder your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. This is because alcohol can inflame & irritate your gastrointestinal tract, which them compromises your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from the food you eat.
The other problem with alcohol is the effect it has on your liver. Your body can’t store alcohol, so it must metabolize it immediately after you drink it. Your body sends alcohol to the liver, which then produces the necessary chemicals to help break down it down. So when you drink, your body makes metabolizing alcohol a priority over all other metabolic processes. This means your body won’t metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats as efficiently, so your body is much more likely to store these nutrients as fat.
In a nutshell, alcohol is calorie-laden, has no nutritional value, can cause malnutrition & liver damage (in the long term) and slow down your metabolism…in conclusion, you could say alcohol is a dieting disaster! So enjoy one drink at your next social function, but volunteer to be the designated driver and stop the sabotage of your weight loss efforts.
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