Alcohol & Weight Loss

Trainer MarceloWhen trying to lose weight, it is highly recommended that you minimize the alcohol consumption. The reason is based in the fact that alcohol has a high concentration of unhealthy sugars and empty calories, as well as the knowledge that alcohol generally compromises your habits, which might make you eat the wrong foods if they are available.

However, if you do wish to have a night cap, it is recommended that you drink alcohol in moderation, and opt for a low-sugar red wine as opposed to a carbohydrate-dense beer.

Alcohol is generally consumed in social situations, such as at a meal or party. Generally, when drinking one glass, an additional glass or two are offered. Because you are having a great time at a party, it can be difficult to abstain from over-indulging.

If you do have a weight loss partner and are in a situation involving alcohol together, you two can share the responsibility of helping each other, and avoid unwanted glasses. Each additional alcoholic beverage boosts the number of calories you consume per day, as well as the amount of sugar running through your blood stream.

Many people feel uncomfortable rejecting a drink in a social situation. They do not want to be party poopers by reminding friends of their diet, or they do not want to seem too stiff in front of others. If you find yourself in a situation where it is tough to avoid consuming a drink, then consider getting the drink served with equal parts of water.

If you must consume wine, then opt for red wine. Red wines are wines that are generally lower in sugar than a beer. Red wines are made with the skin of the grapes on, which also makes the wine richer in minerals than the white wine counterpart, which is made from only the core of the grape.

Also keep in minds that beverages such as beer have yeast, fat and sugar. There is a reason that frequent beer drinkers develop a beer belly – they consume large amounts of beer, but do not work it off right away.

It is also a good idea to consume wine when you are eating a meal. The meal will help to regulate the spike in your blood sugar level, so that your body is not shocked by the addition of new alcohol calories or sugars.

Keep in mind that while alcohol consumption might not be avoidable for you, the munchies and desire to consume high-fat and high-grease foods needs to be controlled. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have consumed too much wine, it is important for you to avoid adding high calories from food.

Moderation and education are the two keys to effective weight loss, when it comes to wine consumption and the hunger that follows.

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