Can Cutting Down Drinking Speed up Weight Loss?
The latest emerging research indicates that reducing alcohol consumption can help with weight loss. A study published in the journal Obesity, for example, showed that people who reduced their alcohol intake by just 20% lost more weight and body fat than those who didn’t change their drinking habits. So if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, cutting back on booze could be a good place to start. We hope you enjoy this page.
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Can cutting down on your drinking speed up weight loss…? They are just not what you would call close friends… 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!
On this page we are going to share with you some industry inside information around the Alcohol and Obesity connection. We are also going to provide a few proven tips on how to move things in your favour, especially if you want to lose weight.
Alcohol is the Enemy
You may already know this, but 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.
How Reducing Alcohol Can Speed Up Weight Loss.
When you drink alcohol, even a small amount, 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. It normally results in an increase in your weight and level of obesity. One of the main reasons is because we tend to overlook the calories we consume as liquid. Can cutting down drinking speed up weight loss?
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Everybody has heard the well-repeated mantra: “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.
Look out for the Piña Coladas!
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! 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!
Can Cutting Down on Drinking Speed Up My Weight Loss?
On the other hand, liquid calories don’t trigger 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!
When drinking alcohol on a night out, 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…
Alcohol Makes You Hungry!
Scientific research concludes that people who over-consume alcohol display poor eating habits 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.
It all makes sense now, don’t you think, stopping off at the local takeaway on the way home 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.
Can Cutting Down Drinking Speed Up Weight Loss?
Alcohol and Weight Loss
Alcohol is classified as being energy-dense, and nutrient-deficient, 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.
Sorry, but it gets worse… 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… Can cutting down drinking speed up weight loss?
Alcohol and Sleep – Not Friends!
Research concludes that alcohol does NOT improve sleep quality. 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.
Can Cutting Down on Drinking Speed Up My Weight Loss?
This explains why you can sleep for a number of hours after a heavy drinking session, then in the morning you wake up and still feel exhausted. It is almost like you haven’t slept at all! When it comes to sleep, the old adage quality over quantity is the key.
All Inclusive Holidays = A Dieting Nightmare!
Holidays can be a nightmare for alcohol and associated weight gain. The increase in the ‘All Inclusive’ holidays, including cruises, where you can drink unlimited alcohol for 18 plus hours a day, is often just a step too far for the many people trying to watch their level of calorie consumption.
How Reducing Alcohol Can Speed Up Weight Loss
A poll of around 3,000 British people 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 calories, over a two-week break. And that’s for alcohol alone… The Daily Telegraph reported on the results of the survey, which also suggested that cruisers each consumed around 168 units of alcohol in just one week!
Drink less, maintain your weight
You may already be aware of current guidelines, 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. So, 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 weight, very quickly!
Alcohol lowers a person’s resolve, self-control and willpower. 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. If you decide to increase your water consumption, however, you may be interested to read our blog post all about water consumption.
Maybe Cold Turkey is Too Much
If the idea of stopping your consumption of alcohol fills you with dread, don’t worry, you are not alone. We have worked with hundreds of clients who have said the same thing. So, maybe a compromise would work for you. Could you, for instance, limit alcohol to say one day per week? Or, maybe a glass of wine, or a beer (just the one) three nights a week? At any level, any reduction will work in your favour.
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The Top Five Questions regarding Alcohol and Weight Loss/Weight Gain
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.
The Less Alcohol You Drink, The Faster The Weight loss
FAQ 2 If I am going to drink alcohol, then what is the best option?
ANSWER. 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?
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, and your willpower will go down the drain, unless you stay 100% focused.
Alcohol and Weight Connection
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. 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?
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, however, liqueurs are second only to cocktails!
Psychology-Focused Weight Loss
The 2022 Award-Winning My Weigh Less Treatment
During the twelve sessions that make up the My Weigh Less Course we will share with you a number of psychology-focused, unique, weight-loss interventions that you can start to use immediately. The medically endorsed, award-winning treatment is based around 15,000 1:1 clinical hours, working with over a thousand individuals. My Weigh Less delivers a permanent solution. Below we re-confirm three tips for dieters that everyone should be following.
Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!
This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…
Tip No. 2 – Use a Smaller Plate!
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. No doubt you know about the power of optical illusions. But are you aware of just how much more generous the same size portion of food appears, when it’s arranged on a smaller plate, instead of a larger one? Have a look at the image below. It’s known as the Delboeuf optical illusion. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily.
Tip No. 3 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!
Reduce your calorie intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, consumed, on average, around 20% less food than previously. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.
A Permanent Solution to Weight Loss
Are you tired of trying an endless list of diets that just don’t work? Are you becoming weary of your efforts, always resulting in you regaining all the lost weight? Has your approach to dieting made you fear social events?
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My Weigh Less Downloadable Course
Read on the pages of this website how the Oxford Therapeutics Limited award-winning ‘My Weigh Less Treatment’ is successfully delivering what is utopia to dieters. A medically endorsed, proven weight-loss approach, that works. A programme based on over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours.
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The My weigh Less treatment package consists of twelve, one-hour weight-loss sessions, with Martin and Marion Shirran. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions. Kay Lindley Photo below lost over 100 pounds, and reversed her Diabetes following her treatment.
So, how do we start to lose weight in a healthy and permanent way? There are so many approaches to weight loss. If you type “diet”, or “weight loss”, into Google, for example, you will have over a million references, in a heartbeat. We would be naive to say that the My Weigh Less course guarantees 100% success. We will not insult your intelligence! Sarah Hart, below, lost 140 pounds following her treatment. Follow this link to listen to a complimentary audio introduction of the course.
No Diets, Just Psychology
The My Weigh Less treatment is psychology-focused, built around the experience of treating over a thousand clients, and amassing in excess of 15,000 hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time. The fully downloadable treatment has been the subject of extensive real person trials. But, as with your considerations regarding any weight loss approach, do take a look at the verified case studies, and their before and after photos on the My Weigh Less site. If you require additional comfort, visit the Medical Endorsement page.
Martin Shirran below was one of first trial candidates.
The My Weigh Less Course is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. Completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. You too can experience the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food: maybe today… Martin, above, went on to lose 84 pounds.
Permanent Weight Loss is the Goal
If you want to lose weight permanently, and have looked into different diets, and possibly even surgery, then take a step back, before you decide which approach to adopt. You don’t need to spend any money right now. Just take ten minutes to read the pages of the My Weigh Less website. After all, you have nothing to lose. Martin and Marion Shirran’s GMB site contains additional information. Katie, below, lost 100 pounds.
Martin and Marion were invited to join Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the This Morning Show. They also travelled to New York to be interviewed on the Good Morning America Show.
Marion Shirran, is a registered Stakeholder in NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Marion is registered with the UK Governments All Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity.
Martin and Marion were proud to be awarded the ‘Most Innovative Obesity Psychological Therapy’ in the UK Mental Health Awards 2022.
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