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June 25

Alcohol and Weight Loss

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Alcohol and weight loss Contrary to popular belief, it are not the calories in alcohol that produce a beer belly.  The problem with alcohol is that it reduces the amount of fat your body burns to get energy.

Here’s how it works:

  • Only a small percentage of your alcohol intake turns into fat.
  • The liver converts a major portion of the alcohol in acetate, which enters your blood.
  • Your body uses the acetate as a source of energy instead of fat.

The second problem with alcohol is that it is a strong appetizer and increases your calorie intake.

Alcohol also raises levels of the hormone called cortisol (“stress hormone”), which increases the breakdown of testosterone.  People who drink a lot have smaller muscles because of this.  Muscles have a positive effect on weight loss because they burn a lot of calories and keep your metabolism up (more about this here: Build Muscle to Burn Fat).

Now, you can ask yourself the question why some heavy drinkers don’t get fat.  Simple: most alcoholics skip meals and replace food with alcoholic drinks.

What about the positive effects of alcohol on your cardiovascular health?  I wouldn’t recommend daily drinking… Despite of the positive effects, alcohol has many negative effects that outweigh the advantages.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a drink now and then, just don’t make it a habit!

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 4:36 pm and is filed under Avoid, Health Benefits, Lose Weight. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

10 Responses to “Alcohol and Weight Loss”

  1. Szenovera on July 10th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    These are awesome yet simple tips about weight loss ..just what newbies like me are looking for..^^

  2. Sanjana Sharma on August 26th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Heard for the first time “Alcohol and Weight Loss”,sounds great but wont be able to follow coz i dont drink.

  3. acai burn detox on August 29th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Very good article. I really enjoyed reading it. May I have your email , so I can ask you just a few things?

  4. thehyphen on October 28th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    we know alcohol increase the weight basically

  5. mineguiterplayer on October 28th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    any way good article.i have to taste it.

  6. Here to Help on October 31st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Where the heck did you get that graphic – might be the funniest photo I’ve seen! lol!

  7. All Diet Books on November 12th, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Very informative article. If you read all the diet books you might think its the calories in alcohol that give you that ‘beer belly’, but its actually the alcohol’s affect on the body like you said. Thanks for all the great info.

  8. Internet Banking on February 4th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    That was stimulating . I love your finesse that you put into your work. Please do move forward with more like this.

  9. Dumbbell Weights on November 20th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I was trying to drop weight but found it really hard, especially when the weight comes of slowly but that is the best way so they say. what really helped me was exercise the weight loss was quciker and i felt healty. Swimming is really good if you have joint problems, no strain on your joints and really really good exercise

    nice post. thanks

  10. joe on February 12th, 2012 at 3:00 am

    For some reason I always lose fat when I drink alcohol. I think it is because I spend the night skipping dinner and because of the diuretic effect alcohol has.

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