They are just not what you would 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!
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 often plays havoc with your ability to follow a diet. It gets in the way of your commitment and willpower to control what, and how much, you eat, resulting in an increase in 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.
, than to eat them in the form of food, and unfortunately, this is perfectly true! For example, a typical piña colada cocktail 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!
the same response as solid food, 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 exact opposite!
, people often let their guard down. This can easily lead them to consume more highly processed, high carb foods than normal, maybe without even being aware of it. It’s not uncommon for people to eat dinner at home in the evening, before going out on the town. But then, just a few hours later, on their way home, they feel the need to stop off for pizza, or some other fast food takeaway, because they are so hungry…
while drinking, which I guess we all knew anyway! Alcohol also 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.
after a boozy night out, despite having eaten beforehand! Because the more alcohol consumed, the greater the amount of the hunger hormone there is circulating in your body. This is also a major factor in the desire for fatty, carb-rich, fast food, as a hangover cure.
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! This means that the liver has to metabolise it as soon as possible. So, as a result, we absorb the calories from alcohol first, before the body will use any food we eat for energy.
… there’s 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! Please read on to find out more…
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 don’t 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. And for a man it’s around 2,500 calories. 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 weight, very quickly!
FAQ 1. Do I really have to stop drinking alcohol to lose weight?
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?
Spirits generally are the best option, however the mixer is the devil. If you choose standard mixers, the calorie and sugar content will go through the roof. However, going for the zero sugar version will allow you to enjoy a tipple without blowing your daily calorie budget. 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?
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, and 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?
Of course! You can re-introduce alcohol into your life, just as soon as you reach your target weight. When you are simply maintaining your weight, rather than actively reducing it, obviously you can afford to consume more calories, which includes alcohol. 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?
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, however, liqueurs are second only to cocktails!
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