Anybody wanting to lose weight should realize the effect that alcohol has on weight loss. This seems to be one of the mistakes that a lot of people make. They diligently exercise and eat healthy. The one thing that is overlooked is the effect that alcohol can have on one’s weight loss initiative.
Alcohol is like rocket fuel. It takes precedence over fat and carbohydrate as the body’s fuel of choice. In the presence of alcohol, fat and carbohydrate is stored in your fat cells. In other words, alcohol consumption completely halts fat burning until all the alcohol is excreted from the body.
Alcohol also increases appetite. This does not help the situation as all the extra calories consumed would be stored in the fat cells. Alcohol consumption is usually accompanied with meals loaded with fat.
Alcohol also affects testosterone levels. Testosterone production dips in the presence of alcohol. The body breaks down alcohol in the testes. Enzymes that are critical for the production of testosterone are diverted to the break down of alcohol.
Drinking also spikes cortisol levels. This further exacerbates the situation. Spikes cortisol levels stunt the production of growth hormones and testosterone.
Alcohol also dehydrates the body. Dehydration severely affects cell metabolism. Dehydration also affects fat loss as the cells are not able to effectively burn fat.
What about people who are able to lose weight and build muscles while drinking. These people are on the extreme end of the bell curve. Their bodies are equally affected by alcohol. If they abstain from alcohol, they will definitely be able to get better fat loss or better muscle building.
Anyone wanting to lose weight should cut alcohol consumption or abstain from it completely.
For further reading;
- Alcohol’s Effects on Weight Loss – Part 1
- Alcohol’s Effects on Weight Loss – Part 2
- Alcohol’s Effect on Testosterone and How It Affects Fat Burning