Is Boozing Keeping you from Losing?
Posted on July 22 2018
You’ve probably guessed it, but ALL alcohol fucks with your weight loss efforts. Most people think that only hard alcohol affects fitness and health, but that isn’t the case. The truth is, each serving of alcohol keeps your body from using as much stored fat for energy.
So how do you balance a social life and your fitness goals? First, you’ll need to understand how alcohol affects your metabolism on a base level, and from there you can move into appropriately incorporating casual and occasional drinking into your long and short-term health goals.
Let’s start with the basics: Wine & Beer.
Wine is good for you, right? So we’ve heard. But here’s the facts:
MOST wines contain a decent amount of sugar - especially if you’re drawn to sweet whites and reds. The more sugar you consume, the more fructose is metabolized by the liver. It is then turned into fat and secreted into the blood. On top of the sugar, drinking without food is known to pave the way for too much food later. Studies show that nearly 50% of individuals who consume alcohol on an empty stomach double or even triple their food intake later in the day.
Conclusion: Don’t drink on an empty stomach, keep healthy snacks around when you ARE drinking, and limit your wine intake to a glass or two, which should keep your sugar count fairly low.
Beer is highly popular... and highly caloric. Want to drink your daily carbs? Beer has them for you.
Interesting fact: Your body stores sugars from carbohydrate breakdown as glucose for energy (glycogen in the liver). When blood sugar drops between meals, your body draws on glucose for energy. This does not take place when alcohol is present. SO: your brain instead signals that you are hungry. The more you drink, the hungrier you feel, and your body takes on extra calories and wastes/holds onto previously stored glycogen.
Conclusion: Make sure you count carbs and calories from beer into your daily nutrition and macronutrient goals. Limit your intake to a beer or two, and choose lighter beers when you can. ALWAYS eat a healthy meal before or after drinking (skip the fried wings and bar food!).
At the end of the day, just make good, smart choices when you drink. Everything is okay in moderation, and when you're armed with knowledge. If you’re going to binge drink, recognize what you’re giving up, and eat cleaner, leaner proteins for a few days after taking in extra calories and sugars.
Wanna learn how to count alcohol into your macros? Use the handy guide and WAG calculator, below! Cheers!
MACRO INTAKE REFERENCE FOR ALCOHOL:
1 g of carbohydrate = 4 calories
1 g of protein = 4 calories
1 g of fat = 9 calories
1 gram of pure alcohol = 7 calories
WAG Alcohol Calculator: