There are many reasons why alcohol and weight loss are not a good combination. One reason is alcohol has the highest amount of calories, when compared to other beverages. Even statistics show one glass of wine or a single beer can affect your weight loss efforts. If you are wondering why you haven’t been able to lose weight, alcohol might be to blame.
Did you know drinking alcohol can increase your appetite? Simply put, alcohol can delay your progress and can promote fat storage. As soon as you drink your body, uses up stored glucose in your liver, and thus this increases appetite. This often can lead to you to gravitate towards the nearest snack.
Researchers from the University of Liverpool studied the appetite stimulating effects of alcohol. From this study, researchers found that individuals that drank alcoholic drinks consumed on average 30 percent more calories. Researchers also found that drinking triggers impulse snacking.
Looking for tips to lose the booze? Try these tips for ditching alcohol:
- Plan ahead. If you plan on going out with friends, arrive first. This way you can order a non-alcoholic drink and you can have it refilled without having to announce what you are drinking.
- Think before you drink. Since, liquid calories are ingested so easily, you can consume way over the recommended amount without realizing it. That’s why it is important to take liquid calories into consideration, and remember there’s always a healthier option. Try replacing alcoholic beverages with low or no-calorie drinks, such as water, unsweetened tea, or our Premium Protein Shakes.
- Remember your wellness and fitness goals! Alcohol while it does help to induce sleep, it does not induce deep sleep, resulting in fatigue. The next day, you may feel sluggish keeping you from exercising. So, before you drink, think about your health and fitness goals.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.
Hetherington, M.M., Cameron, F., Wallis, D.J. & Pirie, L.M. (2001). Stimulation of appetite by alcohol. Physiology & Behavior. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938401005984?via%3Dihub