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5 Ways Alcohol Hinders Fat Loss
1. ALCOHOL SUPPLIES ALMOST TWICE AS MANY CALORIES AS PROTEIN & CARBOHYDRATES
At 7 calories per gram, alcohol supplies almost twice as many calories as protein and carbohydrates. Alcohol has only 2 fewer calories than fat, which has 9 per gram. Don’t forget that the calories in alcohol lack the nutrients beneficial for a healthy metabolism and will quicken fat storage. The calories found in the average alcoholic drink are concentrated compared to many foods, and this actually causes you to inadvertently take in many more calories than you would otherwise consume. Alcohol tricks you because it passes through the system rapidly, often before you are aware of the number of drinks you have had. Alcoholic drinks also contain calories from other sources, which add to overall caloric intake. Certain cocktails contain fats!! Wine and beer both have high carbohydrate content. Although the affects these various calorie types have on the body are different, the overall result is added body fat. An example of how many calories can be easily consumed can be seen with a small glass of wine: a 5-ounce glass of wine will typically contain 110 calories, 91 of which come from the alcohol itself (13 grams), with the remaining 5 grams coming from carbohydrates.
2. ALCOHOL DAMAGES THE STOMACH, KIDNEYS, AND LIVER
Given alcohol is a by-product of yeast digestion; it has an irritating effect on the lining of the stomach and gradually weakens the kidneys and liver, leading to serious health problems – even death in certain instances. Any weakening of the stomach will lessen the rate and efficiency at which food is digested, which ultimately interferes with a healthy metabolism and the weight loss process. The liver – which processes toxins and breaks down fats for fuel – is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition. Alcohol is at its most destructive during the liver’s detoxification process.
3. ALCOHOL LOOSENS THE INHIBITIONS
While drinking, people usually will not stop to consider the impact alcohol is having on their bodies; such as alcohol’s affect on loosening the inhibitions. The result of this relaxed thinking could mean more calories consumed and extra body fat gains. Those drinking might also eat more of the wrong kinds of food, without thinking of the consequences.
Alcohol tends to have an appetite stimulating effect as it provides little in the way of nutrition, leaving a craving for other foods at the time of consumption. Add this to the fact that fatty and salty foods tend to accompany most occasions featuring alcohol (as well as alcohol actually stimulating one’s appetite for these kinds of foods), and the general loosening of resolve that goes with an inebriated mindset, and you have a recipe for excess fat gain. Alcohol has also been shown to affect motivation, making a healthy diet harder to stay on while it is being used.