This is a plea trainers often hear from new clients. For people who like to drink on occasion, the thought of giving up that pleasure is a struggle. It makes many ponder whether weight loss is actually worth giving up the alcohol.
The good news is that you can lose weight without giving up alcoholic beverages. It is all a matter of how you do it.
Why Is Alcohol So Questionable Where Weight Loss Is Concerned?
Pure, undiluted alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. That is almost twice the 4 calories per gram carbohydrates and proteins have. It is just under the 9 calories per gram that fat has. That is why it is so easy to grow a “beer gut” drinking too much alcohol.
Now, when it comes to classifying alcohol among nutrients, it is usually treated as a carbohydrate since it normally derives from sugars found in grains, fruits or vegetables.
How Can You Lose Weight While Still Enjoying A Drink?
Always have something to eat when you drink. If you drink on an empty stomach, you may find that you get ravenous after a little while. The empty carbohydrates in the alcohol will cause blood sugar levels to soar. At some point, the high will come crashing down, making you feel like you could eat a bear. Eat a good meal before going out to drink. This will prevent the crash. It will also slow down how quickly the alcohol is metabolized.
Limit the number of drinks you have in a night. One or two drinks should be your limit. Trying to down an entire week's worth of drinks in one night is a recipe for disaster. You are consuming large amounts of empty carbs. Those extra calories are going one place – around your waist.
Choose your drinks wisely. Some alcoholic beverages contain more calories than others. Here is a partial list of some favorite alcohols and their calorie counts:
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