Do you find it difficult to lose weight? It may be partially due to your alcohol intake. It can be surprising just how many calories are actually found in drinks such as wine or beer, but there are other ways in which drinking alcohol can lead to weight gain. This article will discuss the relationship between alcohol and weight along with some tips on how to drink less to lose weight.
Firstly, it is important to remember that everyone is different, and whilst drinking alcohol may not have much of a visible effect on one person, it can lead to noticeable weight gain on another. Here are some contributing factors that can influence how your body tolerates alcohol:
So you see, some factors which determine how susceptible we are to gaining weight as a result of drinking alcohol are within our control and some are not. What is important to remember here is that alcohol doesn’t just risk weight gain, it can lead to other health problems such as artery disease, increased blood pressure and high stress levels. So aside from your concerns about gaining weight due to alcohol, you should try to cut back on your intake to improve your overall health.
When you drink alcohol, your body focuses on breaking down alcohol opposed to burning fat. As your body is changing the way in which it stores energy from food and drink, it can make losing weight harder.
Moreover, drinking too much alcohol can cause damage to your liver which will affect its ability to metabolise and store fats and carbohydrates. Fatty liver can occur when fat has built up in your liver and may cause health issues such as liver inflammation, which can ultimately lead to liver failure.
We don’t always consider how many calories are in our drinks but alcohol can be just as punishing as unhealthy snacks. According to the NHS, alcohol can contain around seven calories per gram which is around the amount found in a gram of fat. We also need to take into consideration the extra calories added to alcohol in mixers such as tonics or fizzy drinks. Moreover, the calories found in alcoholic drinks are known as ‘empty calories’ as they don’t provide any nutritional value.
Here is a list of some popular alcoholic beverages and approximately how many calories they contain:
Curious as to how much alcohol you consume in a week? Use our 7-day unit calculator to find out and learn about the implications this may be having on your health.
Ever noticed that you feel more hungry when you’re drinking? The BBC reported that alcohol may actually ‘switch the brain into starvation mode’ in humans, tricking the brain into thinking that you’re hungry and increasing your appetite.
Therefore, cutting back on your alcohol intake may help to reduce your appetite and hunger, which may help you to lose more weight.
When you drink alcohol, it affects both your body and mind. Exactly how alcohol will affect you will also vary from person to person, however, it may lead you to eat less healthy foods and overeat.
For instance, when you’re under the influence of alcohol, you might fancy something which is convenient and quick - and lacking in nutritional value. If you’re out drinking late at night, there aren’t many healthy options available, which means you may turn to whatever’s around you (many of us have probably fallen victim to cheesy chips in the early hours of the morning!)
If you’re trying to lose weight, there are other things aside from cutting back on alcohol you can try, such as exercising more often and making changes to your diet. Read our tips on weight loss for more ideas.
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