The are plenty of myths regarding alcohol, but what needs to be looked at is alcohol’s effects on the body, especially during a weight loss regime. It is common sense and knowledge that to successfully lose weight the body must burn more calories than what is consumed. Moreover, consuming alcohol is not good for your body as well, this is why as you are trying to lose weight you can try things like coolsculpting that can help you get rid of this extra fat that is there in your body. This is also beneficial for your skin as well. You can choose Skin Technique for Coolsculpting in New Jersey to take care of your skin.
Some weight loss programs allow for the consumption of the alcohol, while others rebuff it and advise to stay away from it whilst losing weight.
How does Alcohol Prevent Weight Loss?
Pure alcohol contains an estimated 7 calories per gram, which in relation to food groups is 3 more calories than carbohydrates or proteins and 2 grams less than fat. Alcohol calories are different from the fat calories found in foods. Alcohol calories do not allow the body to burn fat calories from food. Once alcohol enters the body, it is converted to a substance known as acetate, which prevents the loss of fat. Not only that, if there are alcohol calories present in the body, but the body will also use these calories before burning the fat calories. According to Dr. Angela Tremblay Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition and Physiology at Laval University Quebec, “The energy content of alcohol represents extra calories.”
It has also been proved that when eating a meal, those who drink alcohol with the meal would eat more than those who ate their meal with a glass of water or a soft drink. This was proven by researchers from the Denmark Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, who allowed a group of men to eat all they could, once served with alcohol, once served with a soft drink. The men ate more when the meal was served with a beer or a glass of wine.
So not only are the alcohol calories present, but more fat calories are present from the quantity of food being consumed.
What Are the Implications for Using Alcohol as a Weight Loss Tool?
Excessive use of alcohol can cause weight loss, but not healthy weight loss. Replacing meals and beverages of the day with alcohol intake can cause weight loss. However, this is at a risk to the body’s functioning. The first signs are a dull skin complexion, the drive to have sex but being unable to perform, headaches and a feeling of nausea. These are just some of the short term effects of alcohol on the body, but long term effects include liver disease, depression and inflammation, and ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract.
Weight Loss Programs that Allow for Alcohol Consumption
There are weight loss programs that will permit for a minimal amount of intake of alcohol. This is because if the regime is completely denying something the body enjoys it can be hard to stick to that program. Low-Carbohydrate diet plans permit alcohol to be consumed as technically alcohol contains no carbohydrates, so this fits into the plan. A weight-loss program such as weight watchers allows the consumption of everything, including alcohol. This is because they work on a points value system. A person is given a number of points to be consumed each day (each food/beverage item is given a points value) and as long as they do not exceed the points value, they will lose weight. Doing exercise will allow more points to be consumed as each exercise has a point value that can be added on to the daily value.
What Are the Calorie Contents of Alcohol?
In calorific terms, it takes the body 3,500 calories to produce 1lb of body fat. If a single measure of spirit (such as vodka) with a mixer was drunk two to three times a day for a week, the body would have already produced that 1lb of fat. A pint of lager can hold up to 230 calories, whereas a pint of cider can contain 240 calories, compared to a small glass of wine which would come in at around 85 calories.
What Are the Recommended Allowances for Alcohol?
For a man, the weekly recommendation is 21 units per week, and for women, 14 units.
1 unit is the equivalent of eight grams of pure alcohol, a single measure of a spirit, while a pint of lager can hold up to 3 units. If the calorific value of a pint of lager is 230 and it equates to 3 units, for a man to drink his weekly allowance he would have consumed 1610 calories. For a woman, she would have consumed approximately 920 calories.
Even by sticking to health guidelines for the consumption of alcohol, the calorific value is too high to ignore for losing weight.