NutritionMum natter on Alcohol Consumption during Weight Loss

  • It’s feasible to lose weight and still enjoy the odd drink here and there, moderation is the key.
  • Given the high calorie content of alcohol it would not be advisable for you to drink each day whilst undergoing weight management programs.
  • Alcohol is a sugar and can produce carbohydrate cravings & hunger.
  • Do not eat less food so you can drink habitually and lose weight. The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a Swiss study showing that if you’re on a 1,250 calorie diet and get just 250 of those calories from alcohol, it can slow your metabolism by 36%.
  • Alcohol use inhibits fat burning. Alcohol and fat are both processed in the liver. When the liver is processing alcohol, it doesn’t efficiently metabolize fat.
  • Beer bellies come about because alcohol impairs our capacity to burn fat.
  • Alcohol metabolism uses up essential nutrients
  • Alcohol can have a negative effect on exercise; it decrease the liver’s output of glucose, resultant in lower amounts of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) entering the cells. ATP is the fuel for muscle contraction and instant bursts of energy
  • Alcohol also increase fatigue, promotes difficulty in regulating body temperature, and dehydrates the body.
  • Alcohol also diminishes a person’s determination to adhere to their weight control program. In addition, people often snack or eat in combination with drinking alcohol.
  • It is sensible to have at least three alcohol free days per week.
  • Always ensure adequate amounts of water are consumed when drinking alcohol – match one glass of water to one glass of alcohol.
  • It takes the liver approx. one hour to detoxify one drink, so always drink slowly
  • Compare the calorie content of the following
    1 gram of alcohol =7 calories
    1 gram of protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of fat =9 calories
    1 gram of carbohydrate=3.75 calories

 When trying to lose weight, it is important to limit the amount of alcohol we consume.

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