Alcohol May Not Cause Weight Gain

It’s a common misconception that alcohol and weight loss are mortal enemies. The reality may be surprising…

In fact, scientists have discovered that alcohol may not be a deal breaker as it pertains to burning fat.

Alcohol does contain calories, in fact, it has just 2 calories per gram less than fat, so it makes sense that avoiding alcohol would promote weight loss. The truth is a bit more complex.

Alcohol may actually benefit your metabolism when you keep it to moderate levels. First, alcohol consumption, when kept to moderate levels, appears to activate an enzyme called AMP kinase, which lowers blood sugar, insulin levels, triglycerides, and even body weight.

Lastly, moderate alcohol seems to prevent the breakdown of catecholamines, compounds that are produced by the body that stoke metabolism and burn fat.

Now the down side. As you know, drinking alcohol doesn’t come without potential downsides.. First, alcohol is a caloric beverage, and can bring substantial amounts of calories if you aren’t careful. Drinking low-calorie and low-carbohydrate beverages can help you make it through the party with few calories.

Next, alcoholic beverages can open up the doorway to eating fattening bar food. This can clog up the metabolism and render any benefits associated with alcohol consumption ineffective.

Scientists have found that alcohol doesn’t drive you to do stupid things, it simply makes you not care about the stupid things that you do. The result is you may find yourself eating a whole bag of Oreo cookies or chips when you get home from the bar. This may be one of the bigger problems with alcohol…it may trigger eating behaviors that will promote weight gain.

So, what do you do? Drink alcohol? Avoid it like the plague?

1. Avoid high-calorie, fat-laden bar food when drinking alcohol. Make sure that you eat something healthy before heading to the bar.

2. Choose alcoholic beverages that are low in calories and carbohydrates. Some great choices include: rum and diet cola, dry red wine, MGD 64, and Michelob Ultra. Don’t drink sugary beverages.

3. If you’re looking to burn that spare tire, my recommendation is to avoid alcohol altogether. If you’re not actively trying to burn fat, rather you are trying to maintain weight, keep to no more than one glass a night or one “party night”.

4. Remember that alcohol can interfere with healthy sleep, so plan on getting a few extra hours of sleep after your “party night”

5. If you have a particularly bad night, try using a meal replacement shake for weight loss support. Meal replacement shakes can provide a low-calorie alternative while your body burns the stored fat.

Alcohol is definitely no fat loss miracle, even though it does have some benefits. That being said, it also is not as fat provoking when you consume it responsibly. So, the bottom line is to drink as little alcohol as possible, but if you do happen to have a couple of glasses of wine with dinner on the weekend, don’t beat yourself up, relish it.

Alcohol May Not Cause Weight Gain