A fast approach to weight loss is by halting drinks that can influence weight retention. Alcohol is the most social and common kind of ‘drug’ we can take, and it’s a normal part of our society and socializing to have a few drinks. We’ve been drinking alcohol for centuries from simple fermented drinks to classy wines, champagnes, and exotic cocktails. There are obvious health and social problems associated with excessive or binge consumption of alcohol, but what about its effects on people aiming for weight loss?
All alcoholic drinks contain a significant amount of calories per serving, and we often have a lot more than just one serving! But how much damage does this do for your weight loss efforts? An ideal dietary plan reduces calorie intake by 250-500 calories per day to achieve a good amount of healthy weight loss per week. One can easily see that 1-2 drinks per day puts pay to any good nutrition plan you might follow during the day. Simply said: 1-2 alcoholic drinks can seriously halt weight loss.
Another way to look at the effect alcohol has on weight loss is to compare the equivalent time needed to spend doing fitness training to burn these calories off! An individual of average fitness level and of average weight would apply the following effort to burn off 2 alcohol servings:
Training time required to burn off calories from alcohol:
|Beer (355ml)||30 mins||17 mins||12 mins||13 mins|
|Light beer (355ml)||20 mins||11 mins||8 mins||9 mins|
|Low carb beer (355ml)||23 mins||13 mins||9 mins||10 mins|
|White wine sweet (200ml glass)||40 mins||23 mins||16 mins||18 mins|
|White wine dry (200ml glass)||29 mins||16 mins||12 mins||13 mins|
|Red wine (200ml glass)||28 mins||16 mins||11 mins||12 mins|
|Spirits (on ice / neat)||13 mins||7 mins||5 mins||6 mins|
|Water||0 mins||0 mins||0 mins||0 mins|
There’s a lot of work to be done if a few (or more) drinks are consumed. Think of all the blood, sweat, tears, and hard work that can go into a great fitness session….and how easily the efforts can be reversed by drinking alcohol! Additionally, alcohol contains no essential nutrients and reduces the absorption of Vitamins A, D, E, K, folate, B I, and B2 by altering Biotin (B7). Lastly, alcohol does not contribute to muscle glycogen, so you may be left short on carbohydrates (Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains), which you need in order to train hard.
While it is true that red wines contain a natural phenol “resveratrol”, which permits blood cells to smoothly pass each
other instead of sticking to one another, consider trading in your wine glass for fiber. Resveratrol is also found in peanuts, soy, cranberries, blueberries, and Itadori tea which maybe a good substitute for red wine and linking it to possible human longevity.
By gaining knowledge on how to improve weight loss efforts, you can begin to feel better about your own appearance and body’s health over the next week, as your initial loss can be 2-7 pounds within the first days of working towards your new objective!
By: Kimberly Crocker