In this article I am going to tell you don’t need to cut alcohol out of your life entirely. I will never be the person that tells you that you can’t drink or eat something that you want to. Telling you what you can and can’t have has never been part of my philosophy. This is because I like to have a beer and a meal with friends occasionally. I also know what my limits are. I also train and eat a balanced diet except for the odd treat every now and than.
Yes, you can drink alcohol and still lose weight
Don’t get this confused. This does not mean that you can open that bottle of wine tonight or start doing shots after work on Friday. Moderation is the key, and knowing how to choose drinks that will have the least impact on your weight loss goals. The aim of the game is moderation. Drinking a sensible amount of alcohol every now and than so as not to affect your short and long term weight loss goals.
Different types of alcohol will have different effects on your body. This will affect how much you can drink and how much weight you are able to lose.
It is recommended that someone who is not trying to lose weight can consume up to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. This is rough guide to help you work out how much you can drink without having a negative effect your body. Of course, these numbers should be less for someone that is trying to lose weight. Remember that everyone is different, how alcohol will affect the individual differently.
Why drinking too much alcohol will slow your weight loss
The fact is that, even if you eat really healthy most of the time, too much alcohol can hinder your weight loss. This in some cases can even lead to weight gain. The good news is that you can still enjoy the occasional drink without sabotaging your weight loss goals. First you need to understand how and why alcohol can slow the rate that you can lose weight if you don’t approach it in the right way.
Normally the human body will burn its fat reserves to get the energy it needs throughout the day. This is exactly what you want when you are trying to lose weight. The problem with drinking alcohol while you are trying to lose weight, is that the alcohol provides the body with a quicker, and more accessible form of energy for the body than fat does. As much as we might wish that things were different: if alcohol is so much easier for the body to turn into fuel compared to the fat it stores. Here is the first reason why drinking alcohol can slow down your weight loss. No matter how much that hope it would work the other way, the human body will always go for the quickest and easiest energy source for fuel, and sadly fat just isn’t it.
Why you should avoid high fat foods when you are having a drink.
If losing weight is your main goal and generally you are doing all the right things to actively lose weight, than you need avoid eating high calorie or high fat foods while you are drinking.
The problem with foods that have a high fat content is that they also contain a lot of calories, and eating high-calorie foods while also consuming a high number of calories from either wine or beer means your body is going to have a lot of easy access to excess energy that it has to store somewhere. Since alcohol supplies plenty of easy energy to your body, all of those calories from those very enjoyable late night snacks are more than likely going to send straight to your fat cells for storing.
This is why eating foods with a high fat or calorie content, while drinking alcohol can really hurt your weight loss achievements. This is because not only do you have to work off the weight you originally wanted to lose, you are going to have to work extra hard to burn off the new fat from your big night out first.
How to enjoy alcohol without stalling your weight loss
Balance and moderation are the key to being able to enjoy a drink and still achieve your weight loss goals. If you want to lose weight than you need your body to use its fat stores as fuel. But you also know that drinking too much alcohol can slow down your weight loss, or even revers it. So, how do you enjoy a glass or two of your favorite alcoholic beverage with your friends or family without slowing your weight loss goals.
Moderation is the most helpful tip to enjoying a drink of alcohol, while staying healthy and still being able to achieve your weight loss goals. Think about the types of alcohol you like to drink and try to drink them in moderation.
In answer to the question, does drinking alcohol affect weight loss?. The answer is yes. Although if the consumption of alcohol is managed correctly than your weight loss goals can be achieved. You can still enjoy a drink from time to time without causing too many problems with your weight loss goals. Drinking excessively will cause you issues when you are trying to lose weight or burn fat. Enjoying the odd drink while socializing will not cause you any real problems provided you stick to a balanced diet.
Having weight loss goals doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your social life or become anti-social. It just means that you need to put a bit more thought into what alcohol you put into your body. Weight loss can be achieved while still being able to go out or visit friends.
If you have any further questions, please leave a comment and I will reply to you.