Weight loss and alcohol do not go together. Anyone serious about weight loss should be aware of the sabotaging effects of alcoholic beverages.
A research paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition can shed some light on how fat metabolism is affected when a person consumes alcohol. Eight men were given two drinks of vodka and sugar-free lemonade. The drinks were spaced 30 minutes apart. Each drink contained less than 90 calories. Fat burning was measured before and after consumption of the vodka.
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Alcohol Affects Fat Metabolism by Halting Fat Burning
Researchers found that for several hours after drinking vodka, fat burning in the body decreased by a massive 73%. The researchers also found that only 5% of the alcohol calories were converted to fat. The rest of the alcohol was converted into a substance called acetate. Acetate was measured at 2.5 times the normal value in the vodka drinking participants. This apparently brought fat burning to an almost grinding halt.
It seems that alcohol acts like jet fuel in the body. It surpasses all other forms of fuel in the body to become the main fuel of choice to meet the body’s energy needs. The body stops burning fat or even carbohydrates. It resorts to burning only alcohol until it is completely removed from the body.
Alcohol Affects Weight Loss by Increasing Appetite
Weight loss efforts are further sabotaged when an alcoholic beverage is consumed with meals. One such study was published in the International Journal of Obesity. The researchers wanted to find out the effect of consuming wine and beer on the amount of food consumed. 22 non-obese men were served a meal with beer, wine or a carbonated soft drink. The calories consumed were measured.
The researchers concluded that alcoholic beverages and wine in particular, increased the total calories consumed at a meal. The study seems to indicate that the consumption of alcoholic beverages generally increased appetite. So if you take wine with a meal, the study suggests that you would eat more than you would if there was no wine.
Looking at the 2 studies together, the following would be happening to anyone consuming alcoholic beverages;
- Someone consume a glass or two of wine with a meal
- He or she would eat more due to the appetite increasing effects of the wine
- The alcohol consumed would become the body’s main fuel of choice
- The body’s fat burning ability is reduced massively
- All the calories consumed at the meal are stored as fat. Mind you that one would have eaten more than than the amount if he or she had not consumed the wine.
Weight Loss While Drinking Alcohol
Some may argue that they don’t eat when they drink. Well these people would obviously drink more. The alcohol would stay in the blood longer. Their body’s fat burning system would be shut down longer and they would not be much better off.
Anyone consuming alcohol cannot achieve effective weight loss. Not when the research shows that it decreases fat burning by a massive 70% for a few hours! You may not have known earlier but at least now you know. Does that mean that you can never drink? Well not really. It just means that you can’t drink and expect to lose weight at the same time.
Why would you spend an hour on the treadmill to burn 200-300 calories and then bring fat burning to a grinding halt by drinking? To me, it’s synonymous to driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brakes. Remember that the participants of the study only consumed 24 grams of alcohol.
Get yourself down to the body shape that you want. Restrain from alcohol until you are satisfied with the body that you have. Once your body gets used to your new weight, you may indulge in some drinks now and then. But don’t expect any fantastic weight loss while continuing to drink.
A lot of people would insist that they can get in shape while drinking alcohol. There may be those out there who can do so. But these people are called “outliers”. They are at the extreme end of the bell-curve. For the average people like you and me, alcohol is going to have a major effect on weight loss efforts. Alcohol is not a part of Correct Weight Loss
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