Do you wonder why you can’t lose weight? If you’re fighting the battle of the bulge, you should first look at how much you drink.
Each gram of pure alcohol equals seven calories, which is double the number of calories in the same amount of sugar or meat. While there may be some nutrients in a drink, alcohol alone also provides no nutritional benefit. But that’s not all. Most people tend to nibble on snacks while they drink, or eat fatty food when they’re coming down (stating that it helps them avoid the hang over). Since alcohol is the first thing the body uses as fuel, everything else eaten or stored away already will be ignored – not a good thing if you’re trying not to build up your fat reserves! This means drinking heavily on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to pack on the pounds.
However, research conducted in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic has shown that a regular drink or two most days of the week won’t do much harm, so that’s a bit of good news isn’t it? In fact, drinking a bit can actually help you lose weight more efficiently when compared to participants of the study who abstained or drank heavily (more than 4 drinks a day or binged). The study was conducted on non-smokers.
If you want to lose weight then try cutting back on the alcohol you consume on a weekly basis. Your weight loss efforts will significantly improve and you’ll definitely notice the difference, especially around the stomach!