Alcohol and its effect on fat loss

Let's talk a bit about our friend "alcohol"

We all like a tipple right?

One question that often presents itself to many of those who are trying to shed the excess weight that has accumulated over time is whether or not alcohol can be included in their overall diet plan.

So here's my take on it.

Alcohol is something that most adults do like to indulge in from time to time some more often than others, am I correct?

So what's the real deal about alcohol and your fat loss progress?

Is this something that you can make room for in your overall diet or is it something that you need to kick to the curb?

The very first thing that you need to take note of is how many calories are found in alcohol.

I'm not a big promoter of counting calories, however from time to time those little fellas count and this would be one of those times....

Lets run some numbers

Alcohol itself contains seven calories per gram, whereas both proteins and carbs contain just four.

Fat comes in at the highest calorie value per gram at nine, which places alcohol right in the middle.

But what's often worse is what the alcohol is mixed with.

If you're drinking your alcohol with high calorie or fat mixers such as cream, sodas, or sugary mixers you could easily end up with a drink that packs in well over 300 calories per serving.

If you take in three or four of these over the course of the night, it's really going to add up.

OOOOOFFFTTT that’s a lot of empty calories!!!!

The second important thing that you need to note is the impact that alcohol consumption will have on your fat metabolism.

The minute that you put alcohol into your body, all fat burning is going to come to a halt.

BOOM!!

Just like that

Your body views alcohol as a toxin and as such, as soon as it comes in, it's going to do everything it can to rid itself of this alcohol.

No further fat will be burned off until it's out of your system.

What happens is that it puts pressure on your liver which has to work overtime to rid the body of it, leaving all its other duties behind and slowing down the fat loss process.

Only when the body has got rid of it will you start burning up body fat again.

So if you consume quite a bit of alcohol one night, you can expect to see your rate of fat loss drop off for a more significant period of time.

Finally, the last important thing to note about alcohol consumption is the impact it will have on your recovery rates.

In addition to putting the brakes on all fat burning taking place in the body, the second thing that alcohol is going to put the brakes on is protein synthesis.

This means that no further lean muscle tissue will be built up as long as that alcohol is in the body.

Again, you can imagine what this is going to do to your workout goals.

So as you can see, if you want to be truly successful with your fat loss and workout program, it's best if you can forgo alcohol for the time being.

and the good news

One drink every now and then may not hurt all that much, but if you're taking in any more than this, it will definitely hinder the progress that you see.

Catch you later

Jason

The Coach @ KEBOfit

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