How Alcohol affects your fat loss efforts

Ahhhhh alcohol. Who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine or an ice cold beer after a long stressful day? But how does that affect your quest for a hotter body? First we’d like to say that we are all for your glass or two of wine or beer on occasion and in no way shape or form saying you absolutely must abstain from alcohol. Most of our clients fall into the general fitness and fat loss category so that is who this post is intended for.

There is no denying that moderate drinking has been associated with various health benefits, or perhaps those moderate drinkers to other things in moderation too, like exercise or other stress relief mechanisms. If you are really after a tighter physique and better health, then it is more than OK to have your drink(s) (we are talking preferably one glass or two glasses max) as long as you replace them for something else in your diet. This doesn’t mean “WOOOHOOO, I barely ate all day so I get to have 1200 cals of booze, PARTAAAYY!!”. That is just stupid. We prefer to watch your carbohydrate intake as well so in addition to calories. Therefore, if you are watching your macro-nutrient intake, then watch for how many carbs are in your adult beverage of choice and sub in those carb macro’s.

Before we continue you must know that you should hold yourself accountable for the decision you are about to make and how that affects your fat loss efforts. There are a few points to remember.

  1. Your adult beverage has calories, and some more than others. So you have to be accountable for those calories you consume as stated above.
  2. Since alcohol is technically a toxin, your body treats it as such metabolizes that first.  For example, when you go to workout the next day your body will look to use the calories from the alcohol first for energy before it looks to metabolize the carbohydrates or fat. More of a case not to binge huh???
  3. This should seem obvious but its clearly not. Alcohol totally reduces your inhibitions which leads to poor food choices as well as more food consumed. Anyone who has rummaged through the fridge and heated up a package of hot dogs in the microwave can relate.
  4. How much you plan on drinking can and will affect your workouts. If you drink like a responsible adult and not like your a cast member in the Hangover, than you should be fine. However, if you are getting bent every weekend this can lead to missed workouts or working out with less intensity.

If you do make the decision (because its ultimately yours) to have insert drink of choice here______, then please be mindful of how much you consume. A quick note on harder alcohol and wine. Notice that you get much more calories per ounce with wine and alcohol so choose wisely.  Below is a short list of common drinks and the “damage” done.

  • Beer – 12oz/146 cals/11g carbs
  • Light Beer – 12oz/110cals/6.6g carbs
  • Red Wine – 5oz/110cals/5.3 carbs
  • White wine – 5oz/111cals/3g carbs
  • Vodka – 1oz/69cals/0 carbs
  • Whiskey 1oz/ 70cals/0carbs

Source: My Fitness Pal

CHEERS!

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