Going out and drinking with your friends can be a blast. Staying at home and having a few drinks during dinner can also be a good time. There is nothing wrong with drinking when it’s done responsibly, but if you’re trying to lose fat there could be a problem.
Alcoholic drinks are usually high in carbs, especially beer and mixed drinks that are high in sugar. Alcohol can also make you gain weight through over-eating or unhealthy eating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, so that willpower you had that was keeping you away from the local pizza place might not be as strong.
Also, when you have a hangover, you tend to crave greasy, unhealthy foods, because it can coat your stomach lining. The greasy food is actually counterproductive to your hangover because it will increase the gastrointestinal malaise by causing stomach irritation.
Alcohol’s Dirty Little Secret
Another way alcohol can cause weight gain is a relatively unknown one. When you have even just a small drink of alcohol, in any form, it completely shuts down your metabolism.
So that glass of wine with dinner or that beer while your out with your friends will completely shut down your metabolism, which means whatever you ate at dinner or lunch will be stored as fat.
Think of your body as a fat burning machine and when alcohol hits that machine, everything shuts down and your body will only focus on breaking down the alcohol, while everything else is stored.
The worst part is that alcohol is mainly empty calories, which are calories with pretty much no nutritional benefit to you. It also means that even when that alcohol is broken down, it is broken down into sugars.
There isn’t a “good time” to drink alcohol, because there will always be negative affects on your weight. The best advice we can give you is to drink on your off days if you workout. This is the best time because on the days you workout your metabolism is kicked into high gear, so to just shut that down with some liquor will make your workout a huge waste of time.
We don’t expect anyone to go into full sobriety mode. So, try to drink on those days where you’ve been lazy and at least you’re not wasting a workout.
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