1. “Empty” calories mean zero food
Empty calories are “empty” because they provide your body with very little nutrients (if any) and do not satisfy hunger.
Alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, making it the second most calorie nutrient (only after fat).
Considering that an afternoon snack usually contains 150 to 200 calories, your happy hour is likely hiding the following:
Um, who’s got a 3.5 ounce edge ?! Seriously though, when you start adding sugary sodas and juices to the mix, it’s easy to see how a couple of cocktails can have as many calories (or more) as a small meal.
2. Your body burns it first
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When you drink alcohol, your body prioritizes it and uses it as fuel to burn first. The glucose from carbohydrates and lipids from fats, which you have consumed all day, remains in the wings.
These leftover lipids and glucose reserves? You are getting fat. Too bad.
3. It can strain your liver
It feels like the liver isn’t getting enough credit here. One of his main tasks is to be your body’s filter for everything alien that enters your body – like alcohol. It also plays a role in the metabolism of nutrients.
Getting too hard for too long can lead to fatty liver (also known as liver steatosis) – a condition that changes the way you metabolize and store fats and carbohydrates.
A change in the way your beautiful body stores (and burns) energy from food can make weight management much more difficult. So take a sip and be kind to your liver.
4. It is a breeding ground for belly fat
Alcohol contains more calories than carbohydrates and is often combined with high-carb mix-ins, a double hit. I see you soda (hello, Jack and Coke), candy, juice and simple syrup.
These additional sugar scales are stored as fat and can accumulate fast. Even drinks without a mixer, such as beer, increase lipogenesis or the formation of new fat cells. The term “beer belly” could better be called “alcohol belly”, although it simply does not have the same ring.
While it looks like Kim K. can control where the fat is flowing on her body, we peons can’t. So the stomach tends to get most of it.
Excess belly fat is not only a weight management problem but also a health problem. Too much visceral fat around the abdominal organs has been linked to serious health problems, including certain types of cancer.
5. Because buzzing desire is real
In very obvious news, alcohol can lead to questionable decisions. Among these decisions: What should we * eat * now ?!
Why? Your inhibitions are less and you can say yes to Grubhub much faster if you feel chic and free.
What about this false hunger for a few sips? In an animal study, mice given ethanol (alcohol) for 3 days increased their food intake significantly. It shows that alcohol could actually trigger hunger signals, which could explain why you didn’t just want to, but why required this pizza.
6. Your hormones can get mixed up
Healthy hormone levels are the key to weight management. Testosterone specifically plays a huge role in your body’s ability to burn and lose fat.
While some research shows that a small amount of alcohol can temporarily increase testosterone levels in the brain, studies show that regular or excessive drinking can affect your testosterone levels over time.
Why should you take care of your T levels? Low testosterone levels can be associated with more fat (especially in the abdomen), reduced lean mass, unbalanced energy, reduced insulin sensitivity and impaired glucose control. Basically, it lowers your metabolism and that makes fat loss a lot more difficult.
7. It is definitely not a sleep aid
A glass of wine could make you feelsleepy but it won’t Help are you sleeping. Research has shown that high alcohol levels can affect your zzz by delaying your first REM cycle (rude!) While disrupting the second half of your sleep cycle.
Less REM sleep is less restful sleep, which would explain why you can’t seem to get enough coffee with brunch.
When it comes to weight control, interrupted, impaired, or any type of sleep deprivation can affect hormones that keep track of your hunger, energy storage, and post-meal satisfaction.
8. It suits your digestion
At the end of the day, alcohol is a poison and puts a strain on your entire digestive system. Drinking in large quantities leads to inflammation and permeability in the intestine, which completely affects the delicate balance of the bacteria in your intestine.
Alcohol is also a buzzkill for your stomach acid and slows down important secretions that help carry food through your digestive tract. These two superstars break down your food into the nutrients your body absorbs and uses.
If digestion is compromised, nutrient intake is also compromised. If the organs and functions that regulate weight management are malnourished, your weight loss efforts will likely be neglected.
“Good” and “bad” weight loss foods have been so in the last century. If healthy weight loss or healthy management is your goal, alcohol could sabotage your best efforts.
Alcohol offers little food and is high in sugar. It can also harm your body, including sleep, hormonal health, and digestive health, not to mention how the liver burns and stores fat – all of which are critical to weight management.
Wine, champagne and low-alcohol beers have fewer and more even calories than mixed drinks.
When it comes to cocktails, you can swap sweet mixers and complicated preparations for simple spirits with calorie-free mixers. Better yet, enjoy them on the rocks.