The key to losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume, and reducing the amount you drink can help you lower your calorie intake. And it’s not just the calories you’ll cut out that could help you get in shape; cutting back on alcohol will mean you’ll get a better night sleep, so you’ll feel refreshed and perhaps have a little more motivation to go for that morning run or swim.
ALCOHOL SUPPLIES TWICE AS MANY CALORIES AS PROTEIN AND CARBS.
The calories found in the average alcoholic drink are quite concentrated compared to many foods. Alcoholic drinks also contain calories from other sources, which add to overall intake. For example, certain cocktails contain fats. Wine and beer have high carb contents. Carbohydrates release insulin, which accelerates fat storage, while fats will be directly stored in fat cells – the overall result is an increase in body fat.
ALCOHOL LOOSENS THE INHIBITIONS
The result can mean more drinks and therefore calories consumed – leading to extra body fat gains. It might also have an appetite stimulating effect and lead you to eat more of the wrong foods, without thinking of the consequences.
ALCHOHOL CAN DAMAGE THE STOMACH, KIDNEYS AND LIVER
Alcohol can have an irritating effect on the lining of the stomach and gradually weaken the kidneys and liver, leading to serious health problems. Weakening of the stomach will lessen the efficiency at which food is digested, interfering with a healthy metabolism and the weight loss process. The liver – which processes toxins and breaks down fats for fuel – is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition. Alcohol is at its most destructive during the liver’s detoxification process.
Finally, try keeping track of your drinking using the Myfitnesspal app or Mydrinkaware online drinks tracker. You’ll be able to set yourself goals for reducing your drinking, and get even more tips and advice for cutting down