How to Drink Alcohol and Still Lose Weight

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There is only one way to lose weight, and that is by consuming fewer calories than your body burns on a daily basis. That concept does not necessarily take health into consideration, but it is the only natural way to lose weight. Theoretically, that means that you should be able to consume anything you want and still lose weight, as long as you consume fewer calories than you burn. That includes alcohol.

Food contains calories, and calories are energy. Your body burns calories like your car burns fuel. Many beverages, including alcohol, also have calories. It isn’t whether or not you consume alcohol that decides whether or not you lose weight, it is how much alcohol, or how many calories you consume that determines whether or not you lose weight.

Many people say that alcohol is fattening and you should avoid it while trying to lose weight. The reason they say this is because of the affect alcohol has on your metabolism. Studies show that even small amounts of alcohol consumption can drastically reduce your body’s ability to metabolize fat. That means after you have a drink, your body will actually burn fat slower. That is something to keep in mind if you are in serious weight-loss mode.

Obviously, some methods of weight loss are healthier than others. If you consume nothing but 1200 calories (about one 12-pack of light beer) of alcohol a day, you will probably lose weight, but that is not a healthy option. If you consume nothing but one double whopper with cheese a day (about 1000 calories) you will lose weight, but again, that is not a healthy option.

However, even during periods of weight loss it is acceptable to have a beer or a glass of wine occasionally without sacrificing your health. Just as some foods are better than others, some alcohols are better than others. Do your research and find out which beer or wine is better for you. One glass of red wine, for example, is proven to provide some health benefits to your heart. Drink two or more and you have destroyed those benefits.

Remember all alcohol has different amounts of calories, so pay attention to how many calories you are consuming with whatever you are drinking. A good trick is to take the calorie count and double it to make up for the effect on your metabolism. I would not suggest drinking every day, nor would I suggest having more than one alcoholic beverage when you drink, but this trick will allow you to have a drink occasionally and not shatter your hopes of losing weight.

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Source by James Meador