We are of course talking about alcohol and weight loss. They are not good friends, never have been, never will be. However, with regard to alcohol and obesity, it goes the other way, these two are really good mates. They love to go out eating and drinking together, and they always stick together like glue on holidays.
it often plays havoc with your ability to follow a diet. It gets in the way of your commitment and willpower to control your weight and level of obesity. One of the main reasons is because we tend to overlook the calories we consume as liquid.
“Don’t drink your calories!” Why is that? Well, research has found that when we consume, solid foods, those calories are acknowledged and registered in the brain. This results in the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin being suppressed, so your desire to continue eating is reduced.
the same response, which means that consuming calories in liquid form, whether alcoholic, or not, doesn’t reduce your appetite, or the quantity of food you will eat. In fact, it may well do the opposite!
, people generally tend not to restrict their intake of solid foods. In fact they often consume even more than normal, maybe without even being aware of it. This, of course, is guaranteed to result in weight gain. It’s often said that it’s much easier for us to ‘drink’ calories mindlessly, than to eat them in the form of food, and unfortunately, this is perfectly true!
often contains more calories than a Big Mac meal, yet you would happily help yourself to a second one. In comparison, you might consider eating two Big Mac meals in a row as being a bit over the top!
which basically means that it contains huge amounts of empty calories. Those calories provide pretty close to zero nutritional benefit to our body! And even worse than that, our body actually perceives it as toxin, or poison!
there has been a lot of research into the relationship between alcohol and sleep. If you think that having a little nightcap before you go to bed will help you sleep better, then I have some bad news for you!
According to the findings, in low to moderate doses, alcohol initially promotes sleep. Alcohol allows healthy people to fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply for a while. However, it significantly reduces rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the restorative stage of sleep when we also dream. , which means that overall the quality of sleep after consuming alcohol is much lower.
for a number of hours after a heavy drinking session, then in the morning you wake up and still feel exhausted. It is like you almost haven’t slept at all! When it comes to sleep, the old adage quality over quantity is the key.
clusive’ holidays including cruises, where you can drink unlimited alcohol for 18 plus hours a day
carried out by Bonvoyage.co.uk indicated that an average cruise passenger’s daily alcohol consumption, including cocktails and wine could be as high as 2,000 calories per day. This equates to 28,000, over a two-week break. And that’s for alcohol alone… Honestly, they do not have a chance!
, which recommend that the average woman, of average weight and lifestyle needs to consume around 2,000 calories per day in order to maintain her weight. This figure increases to around 2,500 calories for a man.
if the average person suddenly goes through a period, of consuming practically all of their daily calories in alcohol, before they even consider eating anything, then they will inevitably gain a considerable amount of weight, very quickly.
for people trying to lose or maintain their weight, alcohol is often described as the devil, or sometimes as the dieter’s enemy. So, here’s a very brief, simple science lesson about alcohol, with regard to its effect on weight gain. We apologise if you have read, or heard, some, or possibly all, of this before.
It does this by altering the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for the control of thought processes, behaviour and emotion. Maybe it’s not surprising then, that more people break their diets following alcohol consumption than at any other time.
display poor eating habits while drinking, which I guess we all knew anyway! Alcohol increases our sensation of hunger. So no, it’s not your imagination that you always feel hungry after a few drinks; it’s actually almost impossible not to! Medical research has shown that when we consume alcohol, it stimulates the production of a hunger-increasing hormone.
the fact that you can have dinner at home in the evening as normal, before meeting up in a bar with friends for a few drinks. Then, a matter of a couple of hours later, even though you’ve already eaten your evening meal, you stop off at the local takeaway on the way home. The more alcohol consumed the greater the amount of the hunger hormone there is circulating. This is also a major factor in the desire for fatty, carb-rich, fast food, as a hangover cure.
FAQ 1. Do I really have to stop drinking alcohol to lose weight?
ANSWER. The truthful answer to this question is an indisputable NO!! However, the amount of alcohol you do drink will have a direct impact on your speed of weight loss. If you are looking for the fastest possible weight reduction, then complete abstinence for the period of your diet is the best option. If you are happy with a slower loss, which is maybe more sustainable, then you could consider just drinking one or two days a week, in moderation of course.
FAQ 2 If I am going to drink alcohol, then what is the best option?
ANSWER. Spirits generally are the best option, the mixer is the devil. As an example, a Gin and Slimline tonic is close to perfect. On the other hand, cocktails and beer are no-no’s if you are trying to lose weight. Wine, in moderation of course, is a middle of the road option.
FAQ 3 How is it possible that drinking white wine results in weight gain?
ANSWER. We know exactly what you mean. You are sitting at a table with some friends; a glass of crisp, dry, ice-cold white wine in front of you, the condensation is running down the side of the glass. It looks anything but fattening, but it is. It is energy-dense, it is full of sugar. Your body will view it as a toxin, your willpower will go down the drain, unless you stay 100% focused.
FAQ 4 Can I start drinking again when I am at my target weight?
ANSWER. Of course! You can re-introduce alcohol into your life, just as soon as you reach your target weight. The trick will be in strictly monitoring your weight over the first few months, to see just how you are affected, and then adjusting as necessary.
FAQ 5 Is it OK to just have a liqueur after my meal?
ANSWER. Sure you can enjoy a liqueur after your meal, that is very occasionally. Virtually every liqueur on the market is sugar-based. You may find that they give you a headache the next morning as well. From a weight loss perspective, liqueurs are second only to cocktails!
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