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Drinking Alcohol and Weight Loss

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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Drinking alcohol is a favorite pastime for many people. However, if you are trying to lose weight, alcohol can negatively affect your weight loss progress.

woman holding a glass of whiskey

Here’s some ways alcohol may impede your weight loss:

• Alcohol is “empty” calories that contain very little nutrients.
• Alcohol is used as a primary source of fuel which turns into fat.
• Alcohol can damage your liver and affect the way your body stores carbs/fats which can make it difficult to lose weight.
• Alcohol can lead to poor decision-making especially when it comes to food choices which leads to overeating unhealthy food.
• Alcohol can negatively affect your sleep cycles which can lead to an imbalance in the hormones related to hunger, satiety, and energy storage.

Rather than reaching for drinks high in sugar or calories, enjoy some of these 100-calorie options instead:

• Vodka – 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of distilled 80-proof vodka
• Whiskey – 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of 86-proof whiskey
• Gin – 115 calories in 1.5 ounces of 90-proof gin
• Tequila – 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of tequila
• Brandy – 100 calories in 1.5 ounces of brandy

As you can see, people who are trying to reach a successful weight loss may want to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink on a regular basis. Then, you will have a healthier body, improved sleep, better digestion, and fewer of those excess “empty” calories.

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