We release our stress sometimes via an alcoholic beverage or two without thinking about the cause and effect it can have on your waist line, appetite and overall health.
I am not here to bash having a drink or two, but I am going to encourage anyone who wants to lose body fat to rethink their drinking habits.
First and foremost, alcohol is a poison and your body must fight to get it out of your system.
It directly impairs liver function thus severely hampering your metabolism of fat. If fat loss is your main goal moderation is a key. I have trained many adults who like there nightly beverage, but they never or rarely lose body fat. I would suggest limiting alcohol consumption to once a week if fat loss is your goal.
When your liver is processing alcohol it will stop all other metabolic functions. It will do so until it rids your body of ethanol toxicity which is the by product of alcoholic consumption. This process leads many times to stubborn fat, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and syndrome X.
Drinking in excess will also contribute to fat gain not loss. If you think you are going to gain muscle mass while drinking think again! Your liver is too busy doing something it does not want to do, process alcohol instead of amino acids. In addition, alcohol reduces testosterone.
We have not even touched on how many extra calories alcohol consumption can add to your daily caloric intake. As my good friend Tom Venuto states, "Those calories add up so quickly." Think about how much you consume and the caloric value of each drink. (See our calorie calculator)
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram.
This is almost twice that of carbohydrates and protein and just under the 9 grams per calorie for fat. Here is an example: consuming 2-3 drinks a day can add up to over 400 calories extra each and every day. Multiply that by one week and you are over 2700 calories extra. That is over a half a pound.
According to studies drinking alcohol increases visceral adipose tissue. This is the fat around your body organs. NOT HEALTHY! Other studies suggest alcohol consumption increases and stimulates appetite. I remember when I went through my Nutrition and Lifestyle Courses, alcohol was an afternoon subject and I recall this sobering thought, "If you really want to piss off your entire digestive system and set your body up for a total metabolic nightmare, drink alcohol before you eat."
Another item I have learned from Tom Venuto was the simple but often overlooked factor that by doing something everyday becomes habit-forming behavior. The daily routine of consuming an innocent evening drink will lead to the ill affects of alcohol consumption.
Consuming alcohol again stops all fat burning, adds extra calories, increases estrogen level (stubborn fat), increases appetite and makes you more easily persuaded to eat that entire cheese cake.
There are some simple guidelines you can follow that will not only help you stay on the fat burning path, but will encourage better overall health.
Drinking red wine is much better for you then drinking beer. Red wine contains some good things that can benefit your health. On the other hand consuming beer, which contains hops and are highly estrogenic, will lead to more fat gain and harder fat loss.
Try to stay away from extra sweet drinks with added sugars. This will keep your blood sugar from a massive spike while having a drink. Have you ever wondered why are these drinks are so popular?
I would highly suggest that you read my stubborn fat solutions report (and you think you have stubborn fat) and to avoid alcohol for at least two weeks while your detoxify your liver and get started on a friendly fat burning environment.
Follow the European model; eat some fat or protein with your wine. The more food you have in your belly the slower the absorption. It also aids in insulin regulation. Avoid high carbohydrates snack with alcohol. It carries many metabolic problems like insulin elevation and high fat levels in your blood stream.
According to nutrition author Ori Hofmelkere if you are going to consume alcohol red wine is the best and beer is the worst.
Some common problems with alcohol consumption are:
Reduced testosterone, developement of additional estrogen, problems with hydration and Inability to absorb vital nutrients
In summary, I would suggest eating an anti-estrogenic, well- balanced diet and minimize alcohol consumption until you reach your fat loss goals. This will also aid in your quest for a set of six pack abs.
if you are putting on the pounds around the middle and its starting to show try reading our article on how to Get Rid of a Beer Gut and another interesting article called What is the Best Alcohol to Drink When on a Diet?