Alcohols Effect on Your Weight Loss Program

Does drinking make you to gain weight? Sadly the answer to this isn’t very clear for many reasons as the way it affects you varies depending on your genetic makeup, your sex, the kind of alcohol you prefer, and even what foods you eat.

Several studies have been carried out, a number show alcohol drinking causing weight increase and others the opposite or alcohol having minimal impact.

Your body can’t store alcohol so it metabolises it straightaway. To prevent it from poisoning your body, metabolising it is given priority over the digestion of other foods such as carbs or fatty foods so these are often not metabolised properly. This may lead to alcohol weight gain. However, alcohol has been determined to increase our metabolic rate which may lead to faster calorie consumption.

Alcohol is usually absorbed from your stomach extremely rapidly. It doesn’t get digested like most foods, but is processed in your liver and distributed to your bloodstream in minutes. Which is why people often get inebriated rapidly and !are even more likely to get a blood glucose spike .

Alcohol actually contains a lot of calories, but without any additional nutritional value, in fact it has almost as many calories as pure fat and almost twice the calories found in protein and carbs.

Alcohol can interfere with the processing of other foods and make you dehydrated.

The issue with imbibing alcohol while trying to diet is that unlike drinking soft drinks you don’t consider alcoholic drinks as having calories and capablle of making you obese and secondly your ability to quit drinking is affected by the drink i.e. the more you drink, the less likely you are to be able to constrain yourself from drinking a lot more.

Also, while under it’s influence, you may find it very difficult to defy the temptation to eat foods and snacks you know to be bad for you so could end up adding to your body weight.

Lastly, since alcohol is absorbed so rapidly, you never get full from taking in all those calories so you can gain lots of weight quite easily. If you drink wine, you can easily consume more each month.

Alcohol makes up ten percent of drinkers total calorie consumption and adds very little nutritional value. Besides this drinking alcohol tends to increase your appetite and therefore lead you to eat more than usual. However, long term frequent drinkers often tend to eat less.

If you continue drinking lots of alcohol it could be almost impossible to lose weight fast despite lots of exercising and dieting.

It has been recommended that you don’t drink while on a diet. When you drink alcohol and eat foods, the alcohol is first to be used as an energy source by your body and meanwhile, your body stops burning fats.

You can reduce the effects of alcohol by eating a good meal to keep you feeling full before you go out drinking. Another way of reducing its effect is to drink lots of water in between drinks. This will help you to drink less. Finally, when you are tipsy you are likely to buy and eat the worst posible foods, so if you can take some snacks along with you. If you are dieting and can’t avoid drinking alcohol, then you should drink wine. If you drink purer forms of alcohol such as vodka avoid mixing them with any calorie loaded drinks such as soft drinks or even fruit juices in addition.

Conclusion:

It’s disputable whether consuming alcohol leads to you gaining on it’s own. Research has demonstrated a variety of outcomes and there are many factors to consider. We do know that alcohol contains many calories and that it interferes with the digestive process.

There are lots of ways in which drinking alcohol can lead to you putting on weight during a diet such the extra calories in it as well as the poor eating choices it allows you to make.

Generally speaking, you should avoid alcoholic drinks while dieting if possible or restrain yourself to wine or pure alcoholic drinks without extra caloried additives.

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Sugar and Weight Loss

News programs seem to enjoy publishing scary stories about the effects of sugar. Which may have left you wondering, “Is sugar really that bad for you, or are all these tales made up by scaremongers?”

Sugar provides you with lots of energy but no extra nutrition. Sugar isn’t deadly in moderation. The problem with sugar is that we eat far too much of it without realising how many calories it actually contains.

Many of the foods that are bad for us are bad because lots of extra sugar has been added to it, making it quite unhealthy. Basically adding sugar to our meals and snacks leads us to consume far too many calories each day.

Typically you probably don’t even notice the sugars on labels because they have various unfamiliar names.

It’s been found that the problem with adding sugar to meals and drinks is that because it’s in pure form it is absorbed from your digestive system very fast without much processing, meaning you get very fast rises in your blood glucose levels and rapid glucose crashes as your body compensates for that – leading you to desire for even more food and overeat.

The WHO recommends that you shouldn’t get more than 10% of your diet from sugar. Most of us consume far more than this – for example a single can of soft drink contains about 40% more than this.

Not all sugars are the same. We need glucose to power our bodies, and carbs release their glucose content into our blood once digested to power all the processes in our body.

Once you provide your body with more energy than it needs to work and your liver can’t store any more of sugars it converts it into fats and when it can’t store any more of this starts storing the fat in your other organs such as heart, kidneys and liver and tissues including your waist, hips, breasts and bottom which is exactly where you notice the excess fat when you get overweight.

Once we have too much of fat stored, it affects many vital systems e.g. raising your blood pressure.

Fructose (unlike glucose) is not helpful to your nutrition and your liver turns it into fat.

We are more likely to put on weight by eating fructose full foods but our brain doesn’t react to fructose the same way to tell us we’ve had enough.

If the level of Insulin in your blood remains high, it can stop you from burning fat. This leads to low sugar levels and you eating even more (instead of burning the fat) because your body is sugar starved, despite having lots of fat available. This of course can lead you to store even more fat and gain even more weight.

Unfortunately, it’s been found that artificial sweeteners also cause similar effects to real sugars. Somehow our brains detect the sweetness and act the same way they would if we had actually raised our blood sugars – by pumping more insulin into our blood streams. If you need to sweeten your food, try and do it by using natural food sweeteners like honey or stevia instead of refined sugars – again in moderation.

Sugar in diets is not in itself not bad for you, and not all sugars are equally bad for you. Some are good, others you should avoid or only eat in their unrefined or unprocessed forms. Bad carbohydrates lead to spikes in your blood-glucose levels which ultimately make you to end up unsatisfied and craving for more food.

To avoid boosting your blood sugar levels, decrease your alcohol consumption. You should also cut out cartons of fruit juice from your diet and eat actual fruit instead. You then get the same weight loss benefits, but absorb sugars much more slowly.

An ideal diet for most people seeking to lose weight is one consisting of raw fruit, whole grain pastry and bread, lots of natural fiber from vegetable sources and low calorie nuts, in addition to low fat lean meats and high protein grains.

Adopting these methods will not only assist your attempts to lose weight, but help you to reach a healthy weight and maintain it, even without exercise. You should however try to formulate an exercise regimen for weight management. This will help you shed weight, become fit and get well toned.

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