Alcohol and Weight Loss

Alcohol has dramatic negative impact on the weight loss, as not only it reduces the number of fat calories you burn but also increases your appetite and can reduce your testosterone levels for up to 24 hours after you finished your last drink.

The impact of the alcohol on the human body is very much different than from any other food group. When you have a normal meal your body gets its energy from the calories from the carbohydrates, proteins and fat, which are slowly digested within your stomach. However, when you drink alcohol it does not get digested but instead, diffuse through the stomach very quickly, reaching liver and brain within minutes.

This effectively means than rather than processing calories from normal food, your body gets its energy from alcohol calories, which offer absolutely no nutritional value to your body. Consequently, since your body gets powered by alcohol calories, nutritional calories such as carbohydrates and dietary fats do not get burned and your body does not get all the benefits out of them instead they get stored as permanent fat deposits.

Moreover, alcohol actually stimulates your appetite, since alcohol calories do not fill you up as much as same amount of calories derived from food; you are likely to consume more calories if you are drinking.  On top of that, research shows that if you drink before or during a meal, both your inhibitions and willpower are reduced and in this state, you are more likely to overeat, especially greasy or fried foods—which can add to your waistline.  In order to avoid this, wait to order that drink until you’re done with your meal.

Alcohol also tends act as a diuretic, which means that it causes water loss, which in turn can lead to dehydration. Along with this water loss you lose important minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc. These minerals are vital to the maintenance of fluid balance, chemical reactions, and muscle contraction and relaxation.

When it comes to alcohol and weight loss there are many common misconceptions but one of the major one, is believe that the alcoholic drinks that do not contain carbohydrates are more diet friendly. Most beers and wines do contain more carbohydrates than liquor, but it is more important to actually check the amount of calories that you are drinking. Sweeter drinks and drinks mixed with soft drinks or juice tend to contain more calories than dry wines or spirits mixed with soda.

The list below breaks down the number of calories in typical alcoholic drinks:

Drink

Serving Size

Calories

Red wine

145ml

100

White wine

145ml

100

Champagne

145ml

130

Light beer

355ml

105

Regular beer

355ml

140

Dark beer

355ml

170

Cosmopolitan       88-90ml

165

Martini

88-90ml

205

Long Island iced tea

237ml

400

Gin & Tonic

237ml

175

Rum & Soda

237ml

180

Margarita

237ml

200

Whiskey Sour

120ml

200