A lot of people think alcohol is such a dieting disaster because of the excess calories, but it harms your weight loss efforts in a different way, too.
The majority of the population today fails to lose weight or stick to a weight management program due to the fact that they refuse to make the simple lifestyle changes necessary to do so. Everyone knows the difference between a high fat diet, full of hamburgers and french fries, and a low fat diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone knows the benefits of exercise and how it can impact their lives for the better.
Another big issue today is alcohol. Alcohol is a total diet killer and completely harmful to the body. Alcoholic drinks are not only diuretics, but full of empty calories, loaded with sugar and salt, hinders performance, and can lead to severe liver diseases.
Does alcohol actually slow down your metabolism? The answer to this question is yes. Think about how your speech, motor movements, and reaction times slow down with the use of alcohol- same goes for your metabolism. Alcohol slows your metabolism by depressing the Central Nervous System. A recent study found that when alcohol was added to a high calorie meal it resulted in less dietary fat being burned off, thus it stored as body fat.
The study also showed that water was the best drink to have during a meal. So with that being said, try to avoid high fat, high calorie meals and high calorie alcohol drinks. Make sure to add physical activity to your day as well, and you’ll reach your goals in no time.
December 31st, 2010