Have you heard the saying “alcohol is empty calories it goes on your body as fat!”
We all have heard different ideas about alcohol and weight loss, but do you know the real facts?
Well here we go….
Alcohol or ethanol cannot be stored in the body it needs to be broken down to be used as energy. It is broken down into acetate and then acetyl-coA, but because it takes more calories to turn these into fuel the body doesn’t like it.
I know the above sounds OK so far, however as the metobolites cannot be stored we have to burn them off. This stops the body using sugar and fat as fuel and halts any fat burning.
The more alcohol you consume the longer your body will not burn any other fuel and stops your weight loss in its tracks.
What also happens when we are drunk? Kebabs? Cakes? Inhibitions go out the window and we care less about what we eat and consume.
The is another negative to drinking. The amount of calories you consume and the hunger from drinking make you eat more than you would when you are sober.
You misjudge portion sizes and make poor nutrition choices. All whilst your body is still busy trying to burn acetate and acetyl-coA. Therefore the body stores all these extra calories as fat, as it cannot be burned whilst the body gets rid of those metobolites first.
So now your drunk, eating the wrong food that is fatty and making poor decisions. You feel amazing as your laughing with your friends and probably dancing like a tit by now (but in your head you look like Beyoncé) but your body is suffering.
When you do get to bed, whatever time that is?! Your body doesn’t sleep fully, your dehydrated leading to a headache, you will have sugar cravings due to the low sugar levels. Which for someone who has low sugar levels anyway can be dangerous.
Even if you don’t have low sugar levels naturally you wake needing sugar, again hindering weight loss as the cycle repeats the next day, also leading to more poor nutrition choices.
The low sugar also hinders sleep and make you wake feeling hungry. Even more true for those with cortisol and insulin issues, as these battle it out your sleep and appetite will be affected.
Alcohol also affects our dopamine levels, this is why after a few we feel great and feel we can do anything. Like eat a dirty kebab on the way home. No no no.
It also affects our stress levels releasing adrenaline when we first drink. This makes the body release sugar into the blood stream and when we don’t use that adrenaline (to hunt a lion for example), the glucose is stored as fat. The alcohol then raises our levels of the stress hormone cortisol which can increase cravings for carb’s and fatty foods.
Does this all sound familiar?
So how to rectify this hindrance on your weight loss or fitness goals.
- Do not over do it
- Reach for protein instead of fatty and carb based snacks
- Know your hormones
- Keep your goals in mind
- Only drink when an occasion and have water inbetween
- Do not over do the recommended daily allowance
At the end of the day we all love a tipple or two. But if you want to loose weight or keep your figure you cannot have your cake and eat it (so to speak).
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