To relax after a hard day’s work or to reward one’s self after hitting the gym, many people turn to alcohol in its various forms: wine, beer, or mixed drinks. Alcohol has become a part of our lifestyle as a way to let loose, de-stress, and be social. For this reason, our body seems to a crave cold refreshing alcoholic beverage after a tough day.
But before you reach for that ice cold beer, you should consider the negative impact of alcohol on your health and fitness, especially if you are trying to lose weight. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol, especially binge drinking, can have negative effects on your weight loss. Binge drinking will not only result in possible legal problems, such as DUI charges, but it can also result in health and weight loss problems.
Want To Lose Weight? Ditch The Booze
Staying sober also has other benefits aside from staying out of legal trouble. It also helps you stay on track with your weight loss plan.
Alcohol contains empty calories and it does not have nutritional value. Instead, it is a toxin that can result in health complications if not consumed in moderation. Every gram of alcohol you consume counts for 7.1 calories, but since you burn up some of those, the total calorie per gram stored in your body is around 5.7. Keep in mind that your body cannot store alcohol; therefore, it must metabolize it immediately. Unfortunately, metabolizing alcoholic beverages can damage other metabolic process.
This means that your body won’t be able to metabolize the sugar and fat contained in the alcoholic drink efficiently. Binge drinking will cause your metabolism to slow down, contributing to weight gain. The empty calories found in the alcohol can also contribute to weight gain. To avoid gaining weight, the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine says you should limit your alcohol intake to two drinks per day.
Controlling the amount of alcohol you consume is not only beneficial for your weight loss. Those who avoid binge drinking live healthier lives because they are less likely to suffer from health complications, injuries, or get into an alcohol-related traffic accident, says Suhre Law & Associates.
Other negative effects of alcohol include:
Reduced Muscle Growth: Alcohol impairs protein synthesis, which is vital for the development of muscles. To avoid muscle loss, avoid drinking alcohol after a hard workout. Choose to drink water instead, and keep track of your alcohol intake.
Heart Health: There are instances wherein moderate alcohol intake can result in certain health benefits. Dr. Sanjay Gupta said in an interview for “Time” magazine that moderate drinking affects the body by increasing the levels of healthy cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. However, binge drinking is harmful to overall health and fitness. Moderation is the secret to a healthy lifestyle.
How To Cut Down On Alcohol
Curb Your Drinking Habits: You should control your drinking urges. You should set goals, such as avoid drinking when stressed or sad. If possible, try to limit alcohol intake by scheduling five alcohol-free days every week. During the days where you can drink alcohol, make sure to leave your car at home or assign a designated driver.
Don’t Drink Without Having Anything To Eat: You should have a full stomach before you start drinking. A full stomach slows down the alcohol absorption.
Hydrate By Drinking Water: You should quench your thirst with water. Otherwise, you will be drowning a full can of soft drinks or alcoholic beverages.
Do Other Things: If you are at a party and you are tempted to drink, you should do other things. For instance, you can hit the dance floor, volunteer to be in charge of the music, or play a game of pool. Doing so will prevent you from excessive drinking due to boredom or peer pressure.
This guest post is written by Kris Bennette a health enthusiast and blogger. In this article, she discusses the negative effects of alcohol intake to a person’s health and fitness.