It’s no secret that high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet is bad for your body. Monitoring your calories and the foods you eat is a must if you are watching your figure. But how about alcohol? Do alcohol calories count more? Can drinking hurt our efforts to shed a few pounds?
Well, actually, new research shows that even small amounts on alcohol may widen your waistline and contribute to more weight gain that you imagined. A mere 3 ounces of alcohol can reduce fat-burning by about a third. But how could this be, you say? Isn’t wine supposed to be good for us?
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It turns out that when you drink, alcohol is broken down into acetate and your body burns it before any other calorie you’ve consumed or stored. And that includes fat and sugar. But the worse news is that when alcohol is in your system, it is harder for your body to burn fat that’s already stored here. In other words, if you are trying to lose weight, you shouldn’t consume any liquor. Having a drink or two after a workout will undo all that hard work.
A 5 oz glass of wine has 150 calories, a small beer has 135, and even vodka packs as much. And if you drink with your meal, you will end up consuming about 20 percent more calories, mainly because liquor interferes with satiety. Some studies say that alcohol can actually fool you in believing that you are still hungry. This is especially harmful if you are at a party where tempting foods are everywhere.
Ever eaten at White Castle or Taco Bell at 2am sober? I don’t think so.
Here are some tips on how to avoid alcohol.
- Make a decision to stay away from any liquor. You know it’s no good for you and your waistline, so why drink?
- If you do indulge from time to time, be aware of what and how much you are drinking. One beer could have up to 150 calories, a glass of wine has only 70.
- Know yourself. We all have weak spots and if you tend to overeat and drink more than you’d like at parties, eat something before you head out. That way, you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach.
- Set your goals. If you’ve made your health and your figure your priority, it won’t be hard for you to turn down that drink. You will be glad you did when you wake up the next morning with lots of energy and ready for your workout.