Does Alcohol Affect Weight Loss?
Understanding the Impact of Alcohol on Weight loss
Does alcohol affect weight loss? Whether it’s a celebration or a glass of wine a night, alcohol can significantly have an impact on your weight loss goals. Some that want to see immediate weight loss result will cut out alcohol all together and see a couple of newly shed pounds. Unfortunately, if you are not planning to abstain from drinking forever those pounds will quickly come back . There are several ways of being more conscious on how alcohol impacts your weight loss goals such as what to drink, what is considered a “drink,” and how drinking alcohol affects you not only in your weight loss goals but mentally too.
How does alcohol affect weight loss?
In a nutshell, when you take a drink of alcohol, it releases estrogen into your bloodstream which in return promotes fat storage and decreases muscle growth. Also, alcohol triggers your body to consume all the glycogen in your liver which makes you hungry. Those late night stops at a fast food restaurant are suddenly all making sense, now aren’t they?
What should I drink? Weight loss and alcohol consumption
A basic rule of thumb for drinking while trying to lose or maintain weight is to choose wine or a drink with clear alcohol and no sugary mixers. If you have the choice and enjoy wine, it’s the safest bet as it has antioxidants, can lower inflammation and in moderation, can be good for your heart. Something to take note of, a typical glass of wine (5 ounces) white or red, packs around 120 calories. Unfortunately, it’s found that most pours of wine and alcohol at restaurants and at home top 40% more than a standard drink amount, that can increase your calorie intake substantially without you even knowing it.
Standard Drink Amounts
- 12 fl oz. of regular beer at 5% alcohol
- 5 fl oz. of wine at about 12% alcohol
- 1.5 fl oz. of 80 proof distilled spirits (gin, rum, tequila, vodka, whiskey) at about 40% alcohol
Mental Impact of Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can also affect your weight loss goals by being a depressant. Going to the gym and making healthy food decisions can all be thwarted by the effect of alcohol. Also, alcohol decreases testosterone which plays a huge part in fat loss and lean muscle gains.
The overall goal to keep in mind as with any diet or exercise plan, is moderation. Most people can handle a moderate amount of alcohol, a couple times a week without showing any change in their weight. Understanding what you are drinking and how often, is the key to conscious alcohol consumption without the weight gain.