Don’t Drink Alcohol During a Weight Loss Program

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If you are about to embark on a weight loss regime it is highly likely that one of the main concerns on your mind is “will I be able to have an alcoholic drink as part of my weight loss program?” Very often when considering the necessary changes that may need to be made whilst on a weight loss diet the question of a change of attitude is often avoided. Cutting out certain foods and drink is one thing but changing your attitude towards them is quite a different matter.

Most people can agree to cut out foods containing sugar or foods that are high in fat, but accepting that they are detrimental to your health can be very challenging as that implies that you may need to give them up for ever not just for the duration of your weight loss program.

Alcohol falls into this bracket. Most people are prepared to give up or cut down on their alcohol intake whilst attempting to lose weight, but expecting them to see alcohol as something that may potentially harm their body is not so easy.

As far as losing weight is concerned you need to be aware that

  • Drinking is addictive, and can easily become a daily habit.
  • Alcohol adds many empty calories to your daily intake.
  • Alcohol suppresses fat oxidation
  • Alcohol behaves in the same way as sugar and can be responsible for low blood sugar blues and the desire to eat something sweet in order to feel better.

If you feel you absolutely have to have an alcoholic drink when you are on your weight loss program make sure that you always eat when you are drinking and ensure that the calorific value of the drink is counted as part of your daily calorie intake. Drinks with fewer calories include white wine, or a light beer/lager whereas the higher calories are found in heavy beers such as Guinness, and spirits when taken with a mixer.

My advice would be to keep your alcoholic drinks for weekends and special events and aim to ensure that your weight loss program is as healthy and well balanced as possible.

Source by Janet L. Matthews