A question I get a lot during nutrition consultations is “Can I still have alcohol?”
It is not our place to tell you “stop drinking, right this second” or to even say, “Yes, drink up, buttercup”.
It is my job to educate you on what the alcohol is doing to your body that will slow your weight loss goals and let you decide if you are willing to take the extra steps to speed up your fitness and health goals. Don’t worry the ‘everything in moderation’ rule applied to alcohol too
When it comes to weight loss (or gain) it ultimately boils down to calories-in vs. calories-out, and the empty calories in alcohol (which have no nutritional value) can easily add up.
Alcohol provides a source of quick calories the body can’t store alcohol, so it metabolizes it right away. Since the alcohol becomes priority in the metabolic process, your body won’t metabolize other fats & sugars as efficiently, ultimately slowing your metabolism over time. In other words, the liver is working to burn the alcohol first, postponing fat burn, so weight gain can happen.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER
You know, the delicious, sugary juices we pour in with our alcohol to make it take even more delicious. The juices and sodas that many alcoholic beverages are mixed with are loaded with sugar, which can be stored at FAT! Try club soda, fresh fruit, or tonic water instead
?Poor food choice.
Yeah, you know what I’m talkin’ about. Drinking often increases your appetite and decreased your mindfulness (the famous ‘drunk munchies’) – which leads to poor food choices and over-eating.
There are a few types of alcoholic beverage such as
?WINE; /wīn/ noun. Def: 1. Comes in a variety of wonderful flavors, and never forget, the older it is, the better it gets. 2. Jesus created from water. 3. A hug in a glass.
?BEER; /bir/ noun. Def: 1. What Jesus made when the wine ran out. 2. Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
?LIQUOR; /’liker/ noun. Def: 1. Liquid gold produced or used in a process of some kind so it can be mixed with a margarita mix. 2. Best served by a pool or beach with a tiny umbrella.
Here are some better options of each to be mindful of when making that hard decision at the store or bar:
?Wine: Red. Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet.
?Beer: Guinness Light Lager, Rolling Rock, Michelob Ultra, Abita Purple Haze, Sam Adams Light Lager
?Liquor: Vodka, Gin, Tequila (the clearer the better!)
Being mindful of what you drink will help you hit those fitness goals. Instead of having a fancy cocktail, for instance, go for a vodka and soda with lemon, a light beer, or a gin and tonic, or a glass of red wine which pack much fewer calories.
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