Whether you like it or not, alcohol is a major offender when it comes to weight loss.
Without going into too much science, alcohol puts a halt on the fat burning process and continues to do so long after consumption while your body recovers. The drink gets broken down into something called acetate, which your body will burn before anything else. All other extra calories will be stored as fat.
Not only is alcohol jam packed with loads of sneaky calories and sugar, alcohol actually stimulates your appetite too. Hence why you’re only going to be tempted by a kebab at the end of a boozy night out or a big greasy fry up for breakfast the next day!
Plus the hangover will more than likely keep you from eating healthy and working out which won’t help you lose any of those extra fat cells!
We're not asking you to give up booze entirely, but if you are drinking on a weekly basis we do suggest you cut back. Pick one night of the week and have up to two drinks. If you are thinking you won’t “catch a buzz” you’re wrong. The less you drink, the lower your tolerance so two drinks should do the job.
As for ‘what’ to drink, here are the best options:
- Red Wine
- Dark Beer
- Clear Alcohol – These must be consumed straight, on the rocks, or with calorie-free mixers
- Steer clear of cocktails. Alcohol is bad enough on its own without adding in the sugar filled mixers.
However, if you know that drinking tends to lead you to overeat, stay away from alcohol altogether while you’re trying to lose weight and reach a major goal.
And of course, if you’re not a big drinker at the moment, these post isn't condoning you to start picking up the habit!