Alcohol and weight loss

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Alcohol and Weight Loss


Alcohol and weight loss do not go together, not only that, it’s not good for you brain either! Autopsy studies have shown that patients of chronic alcohol consumption shrunken, smaller, lighter brains than non-alcohol drinking adults.

Pretty cool huh, anyway, who causes about the damage done to the brain from alcohol, let’s get back on topic to alcohol and weight loss.

Alcohol has no nutrient value, so the body acts to metabolise it straight away. If you will, it is simply a form of energy which the body needs to use a fuel straight away. So the alcohol is attended to by the liver by releasing the enzymes involved with breaking down the alcohol. Alcohol is however, liver toxic and lots of exposure can impair the liver’s ability to activate vitamins, which is why chronic drinkers seem somewhat, malnourished.

The liver is also a ‘fat burning’ organ, so whilst is essentially detoxifing the body from the alcohol, it isn’t metabolising other fuel sources, being fats or sugars. Now here within the problem lies, the liver recognises the increase in blood sugars and informs the pancreas to release insulin.

Insulin acts to low blood sugars by storing said sugars from within the blood stream. So, if you’ve consumed a lovely meal before or during an alcoholic beverage and the liver isn’t using any other fuel source until the alcohol has been used. It’s got to be stored somewhere…

Where? Muscle glycogen or Fat cells.

It’s likely, if I’m honest, with the habits of today’s society of over consumption, lack of physical activity and assuming that one is drinking alcohol later in the day, that muscle glycogen or carbohydrates stores are full.

So the lovely meal or food during and after alcohol are going to end up stored in body fat. And well, it’s super easy to really over do your energy intake for the day by drinking alcohols empty calories.

Finally, have you ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat.’? Well, more accurately you are what you digest. And alcohol, may well disrupt the gastrointestinal tract, making nutrient diffusion into the blood stream quite difficult by inflaming the digestive tract. This essentially limits the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from getting into the blood stream from the foods that you eat.

So, it’s not for me to say you can not drink, but the truth is, some studies have shown that it can take 30+ hours to metabolise alcohol. Meaning that entire time, the food you’ve consumed, calories that have come in haven’t been used as energy and likely ended up stored in body fat.

So the key here is, weight loss may be incredibly difficult if you’re looking to shift weight and body fat. I’m very much a ketogenic dieter when it comes to fat loss. This essentially means keeping blood sugars low, to enable fat burning glucagon hormone to draw fat from the cargo to be burned as fuel.

So if you drink alcohol once per week, you MIGHT be okay. If you drink 3-4 times per week, I’d go as far to say that you’re not going to lose weight, as you’re stopping the fat burning process for DAYS of your week.

But here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter if you know the science or not, some people have the frame of mind where they ‘NEED’ to have alcohol to get through the week.

It’s HABITUAL to have a glass of wine after a hard days work..

So Knowledge wasn’t really the issue here, I’m sure prior to reading this article you knew alcohol was going to be of some detriment to health and weight.

So why do we still drink it of a night, a school night, when stressed?

Because we don’t address the real problem. Feeling the need to chill out with a drink is fine now and again, but 3-4 nights a week?

There’s something going on in life that needs to be addressed. Think of this as a symptom to another problem. Become happier, less stressed, motivated? Then you won’t need to reach for the wine or hit the sack by 7pm.

Be true to yourself, dig deep and ask yourself what the issue really is here.

Until next time!

Andy
Blitzbody Bootcamp

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