Alcohol and weight loss are enemies. They say if you booze, you don't lose. If you consume three ounces of alcohol, experts say that you reduce fat-burning in your body by about a third. Doesn't look too pretty, does it? Since most of us love a good drink and a good workout too, we thought of asking why and how is alcohol really linked to weight gain. The news is good. Here's a look at some often asked questions about alcohol and weight gain.
Question #1: How exactly does alcohol lead to weight gain? The key to drinking without sabotaging healthy living lies in moderation. A combination of alcohol and a high-calorie meal is fattening, because alcohol is a potent appetizer. Alcohol is broken down into acetate (read: Vinegar), which your body burns much faster than the other calories you might have consumed. You end up storing fat because your body prioritises alcohol digestion over the rest. So yes, in the long run - binge drinking leads to weight gain.
Question #2: Is your beer belly a result of high alcohol consumption? No. It is a complete myth that your beer belly is there because of high consumption of beer or alcoholic beverages. It's wrong to blame just the alcohol, and especially beer for that bulging stomach. It is your over all consumption (remember the chips and wafers right next to the beer?) that determines your belly fat. Thus, what you eat is important. If you consume a lot of cheese or other high-calorie snacks while drinking, you are most likely to gain weight that much quicker.
Question #3: What is a standard drink that all these health studies talk about? A standard drink is: 1.5 fl oz of 80-proof hard liquor, such as gin, whiskey, or rum. One 5 fl oz glass of wine. One 12 fl oz bottle of beer or wine cooler.
Question #4: How can I avoid weight gain after drinking? Keep a track of what you eat. Mindless eating will just add to your daily calorie intake. Drink plenty of water in between the drinks so that you feel fuller. This will keep excess drinking at bay. Be aware of your health goals. Don’t let a social gathering ruin weeks of healthy living.
Question #5: What's a girl to do if she wants her wine and small waist too? We say, be true to yourself and your diet plan. Don’t let that one drink turn into five or six. Avoid drinking every day and keep a track of what you are eating while you drink and even later. Remember, the key lies in moderation.
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