The effect of alcohol on weight loss
Many people trying to lose weight often associate weight gain with the consumption of too much unhealthy food and lack of exercise. This is very true but what a lot of people do not take into consideration is the effect of alcohol and how alcohol really does have a huge impact on a person’s weight gain.
Alcohol, like food, contains calories. However the calories consumed from alcohol work much differently than those consumed from food. A person’s body will get its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins. These are then slowly digested. However if a person has consumed alcohol the digestive process is altered. The body will treat the alcohol as a toxin and therefore will not digest it.
The more quickly the alcohol is consumed the more the liver will struggle to process it and will circulate around the body until the liver manages to do so. As the body works very hard on trying to process the alcohol it can not break down other foods which contain fat and carbohydrates. Because of this the calories are therefore changed into body fat and then are taken away for permanent storage on your body. This therefore will result in weight gain.
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram and has absolutely no nutritional worth whatsoever. Therefore empty calories will be added to your diet on top of the other calories consumed from your food intake. No goodness or nutritional value will come from calories extracted from alcohol. If you are on a calorie controlled diet it will be much more sensible to use your calories on consuming something much healthier and much more nutritious.
Alcohol also changes the way you sleep. Whilst you will be able to sleep, the sleep will not be very deep, causing you to eat more food than you normally would the next day due to fatigue. This again will result in extra weight gain. Alcohol also works as a stimulant to your appetite. Not only will your appetite be increased but alcohol will lower your will power, so foods that you may normally resist, such as late night snacks and takeaways, are more likely to be consumed. This can be disastrous if you are trying to control your calorie intake on a daily basis.
If you are trying to lose weight and are at a social event and consuming alcohol, try to have it in moderation as with everything else in life. Also try and opt for a healthier alternative which will have fewer calories such as mixers which are low cal and sugar free and slim line tonics.
If you are a regular drinker and would like to lose weight, start by decreasing your alcohol intake. You will find that you not only start losing weight, but feel much better overall.