Alcohol for Weight Loss?

Alcohol & Weight Loss (Tips ...

We’ve all heard that alcohol can actually pack on the pounds if you drink it, but listen to this: a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found in their study that when women who had one or two alcohol beverages a day were less likely to gain weight when compared to non-drinkers, and these women lost weight despite consuming the more calories. And look, researchers put some theories into this, such as people who take long term or long term moderate drinkers metabolize alcohol differently. It flies in the face of what a lot of us would assume would happen.

But again, they were just looking at weight. They weren’t looking at other things that can happen if you drink alcohol every single day. I think what I was most surprised about is up to two glasses a day for women. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they said, okay, you know, women or men who have one glass One. of wine a day.

I was surprised that is was one or two. Right, I think that what happens is your metabolism, somehow, gets altered and revved up so you digest the chips and guac that you’re overeating with the beer and wine a little more readily than if you are an occasional drinker. Your body doesn’t have that new baseline metabolism. Now, let’s not forget though, that the American Cancer Society for women says a drink a day, and for men, two drinks a day is heart healthy and not risky for development of other things like breast cancer or liver failure, so. I don’t think this is the most effective technique for weight loss.

We’ve all heard that alcohol can actually pack on the pounds if you drink it, but listen to this: a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found in their study that when women who had one or two alcohol beverages a day were less likely to gain weight when compared to non-drinkers, and these women lost weight despite consuming the more calories. And look, researchers put some theories into this, such as people who take long term or long term moderate drinkers metabolize alcohol differently. It flies in the face of what a lot of us would assume would happen.

But again, they were just looking at weight. They weren’t looking at other things that can happen if you drink alcohol every single day. I think what I was most surprised about is up to two glasses a day for women. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they said, okay, you know, women or men who have one glass One. of wine a day.

I was surprised that is was one or two. Right, I think that what happens is your metabolism, somehow, gets altered and revved up so you digest the chips and guac that you’re overeating with the beer and wine a little more readily than if you are an occasional drinker. Your body doesn’t have that new baseline metabolism. Now, let’s not forget though, that the American Cancer Society for women says a drink a day, and for men, two drinks a day is heart healthy and not risky for development of other things like breast cancer or liver failure, so. I don’t think this is the most effective technique for weight loss.

No I think they key is, and I really do think, and this is the hardest part about alcohol, why it’s so difficult to talk about it. Anyone who’s been there, you know, you have two glasses of wine, boy that third one’s tempting. And when you looked at these studies, these women who lost weight, they drank no more than two glasses of wine.

Like, no more. Four ounces too. Yeah.

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Which by the way, is not a normal pour. Which is, and look, this is four ounces. You know most And this is? That’s four too. It’s the same.

And that’s the thing is most people would actually pour one glass of wine in this bigger. Yes. And they would consider this That’s… That‘s not even for them That‘s a glass.

They’d be like, oh I had a half a glass of wine, I had a third of a glass of wine. This is two glasses of wine. And I think that’s the important takeaway because it’s, moderation can be very difficult with alcohol.

And these studies were strictly looking at people who they, no more than two, so if there’s any takeaway here, it’s that don’t start drinking to lose weight. Yeah, and just like you said with portions, you know, with a smaller bowl, you’re safer, you’re not gonna eat more. Instead of going with the grand ballon, that bigger glass, Right. you go with a smaller glass. Stick to that, you’re gonna stick to that one glass.

I’m always learning things. That’s a grand ballon. Grand ballon. Well I will say the one thing that I would do, and I do this at home is, I actually measure.

If I’m making a mixed drink, I actually measure it out. Like 1.5 ounces? None of this just oh, I’ll pour it in and see what happens.

Yeah, so one and a half ounces of hard liquor. We’re talking about a glass of wine, four ounces. You know, and glass of beer, typically we say 12 ounces, but nowadays there are beers out there that are 15% alcohol by volume. That’s three times a normal beer, so you have to calculate all of that and factor all that in. Otherwise this could get, Yeah, and.

Get dangerous pretty quick. To your point, Kristi, you said that it may help in digestion. We know that alcohol, like a digestif, Mm-hmm or and apparatif stimulates gastric secretion, increases gut motility so, that may help in just helping you metabolize the other things that you’re eating. And if you’re doing it on a regular basis your metabolism in general, maybe, works a little bit better.

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