5 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Weight Loss

  • Possible Pat
  • September 17, 2018

You’ve heard me talk about “drinking your calories” and how it impacts weight loss. In fact, I recently wrote a post discussing how what you drink impacts your weight loss and what you can do to minimize caloric intake through what you drink.

After this post, one topic that many people wanted to discuss was alcohol, whether they could still have the occasional drink, or if they had to cut it out altogether.

The best way to minimize drinkable calories, especially when speaking of alcohol, is to refrain from consumption. However, I understand that people do drink, especially during social situations. If you are going to drink, I want to help you understand what it does to your weight loss efforts and how you can minimize the impact if you choose to have a drink or two.

Paying attention to what we consume and understanding how it affects our body can be very complicated. And if you are trying to lose weight, I know it can be a long battle, but this is why I want to support you.

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How Alcohol Impacts Your Weight Loss

It shouldn’t be a surprise that alcohol can sabotage your weight loss efforts, and for some of us, it may have even been a factor in our initial weight gain.

What you drink can have just as much of an impact on your weight gain as food can.

Before I started on my weight loss journey, drinking was part of life. I was a bodyguard, and there was a lot of drinking while we were on tour. It was a social activity and I never really thought too much of it.

I’ve been overweight my whole life, but I know as an adult, drinking was a factor in me reaching 605 pounds. Once I started on my journey, it was one of the first things I cut out.

Alcohol alone can have an impact on your weight loss, but not every alcoholic drink impacts you the same. Most drinks, especially cocktails, are full of sugar and carbs.

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Here are some ways that alcohol can affect your weight loss:

1. Your Body Uses Alcohol As Fuel

When you drink, your body takes the alcohol and uses it as fuel before it begins to burn carbs and fats. This means if you are trying to lose weight by burning more fat, your body will first have to burn off the alcohol before it starts to work on the fat you are trying to lose.

2. Beer Belly

We’ve all heard the term “beer belly,” and we all can easily point out someone that has one. The reason this is called a “beer belly” or “beer gut” is because alcoholic drinks contain a lot of calories, which the body then stores as fat in our bodies. Often, this fat gathers around the abdominal area, resulting in the famed “beer belly.”

3. Alcohol Makes You Eat More

When you drink, you don’t just drink additional calories, but it can make you consume additional meals on top of that. Alcohol lowers our inhibitions, and we are more likely to make poor decisions, especially regarding food. Some studies suggest that alcohol can even trigger our hunger signals, which makes us want to eat even when we don’t need to [1].

4. Alcohol Affects Your Ability to Absorb Nutrients

Drinking alcoholic drinks can affect how well your body can digest food and the number of nutrients that the body can absorb. This can affect your overall metabolism and how your body breaks down the food you are eating.

5. Affects Your Ability to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep can play a major role in your ability to lose weight, as the lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety signals. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body can begin to give you hunger signals, causing you to overeat when it is unnecessary. This means that lack of sleep causes you to gain weight and make weight loss much more difficult. When you drink, the alcohol affects your body’s ability to sleep well as it increases periods of wakefulness throughout the night. We make think that a glass of wine will help put us asleep before bed, but we are doing more harm than good and that one glass can have the opposite effect.

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If You Drink, Drink This

I’ve seen some drinks with as much as 5-600 calories! And most people have more than one drink. When this happens, you end up consuming two to three times as many calories as you would in a single meal, and these calories are almost all sugar. Its no wonder drinking can have such a large impact on weight loss.

Fortunately, not every drink has this many calories, and you can get away with a drink now and then.

The key is to stick to liquor with a zero calorie mix.

Most liquors have under 100 calories per shot, with zero carbs, proteins, and fats. You can then mix these liquors with water or soda water, flavored with a lime or lemon.

Ordering a tall instead of the standard rocks glass can also make it so your drink lasts longer and you are less tempted to order a second one.

Take Away

If you want to lose weight, you must cut out unnecessary calories and one of the number one places we find additional calories is in our beverages. And, if you drink alcohol, you are consuming even more empty calories that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Drinking happens, and if you are going to do so then do it wisely and understand that what you drink matters. Make wise decisions about what you consume so you can maximize your weight loss.

If you are trying to lose weight and need additional support, then be sure to join Team Possible, where I support you through your weight loss, while providing healthy recipes and daily workouts.

About Possible Pat

Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.

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