If you’re like a lot of people you enjoy a glass of wine or beer after a long day of work. But if you’re looking to burn fat, you may have just hit your wall.
Alcohol and weight loss do not go hand in hand. They are not friends – they are enemies. Alcohol is actually a big contributor to weight gain. I know – not the news you wanted to hear. So why does alcohol aid in weight gain?
Usually your body gets energy from fat, protein and carbohydrates (carbs) that are digested and burned. When alcohol is present the process changes. When you are drinking, your body will process the alcohol first, before fat, protein or carbs. When your body processes alcohol first it slows down how much fat, protein and carbs are burned, thus turning them into body fat as opposed to leaving them to burn off and create valuable energy.
One of the most important factors in losing weight is how much water you are drinking. When you are drinking alcohol you become easily dehydrated, meaning you are losing water in your body. When you lose water you also lose the minerals and vitamins that are in the water, which slows down your metabolism.
And of course, the more you drink, the less you worry about what you eat. We all get the munchies when we are drinking and it is easier for you to look past the extra food intake when you are drinking.
Most, if not all of, alcoholic beverages contain calories and carbs. There are many low-calorie and low-carb beverages out on the market today and if you can’t (or don’t want to) give up that drink maybe you should explore those alternatives. Otherwise, now that you know the truth, try your best to stay away from alcohol if you want to reach your weight loss goals.
For more information about how what you drink can affect your weight read our “Think before you drink” article.