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7 Ways Alcohol Hinders Weight Loss

Are you working out and eating a healthy diet, but still not seeing results? It may be because of your alcohol intake. Here's why drinking is bad for weight loss. 

When it comes to losing weight, one of the most common questions people ask is: what’s more important? Exercise or diet? In truth, the answer is both. Opting for both personal training and nutrition coaching can make all the difference in achieving your fitness goals.

A healthy weight loss program consists of:

  • a reasonable and realistic weight loss goal
  • a reduced calorie, nutritionally-balanced eating plan
  • a regular exercise routine
  • a tracker to help you stick to your goals

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7 Ways Alcohol Hinders Weight Loss

If you’ve opted for personal training or nutrition coaching to help you achieve your weight loss goals, the first thing your fitness expert will advise is quitting, or cutting down on, your alcohol intake.

While some studies suggest that alcohol has health benefits (eg. red wine lowers your risk of heart disease), it also plays a large role in weight management. If you’re looking to drop those final stubborn pounds, here are 7 reasons why you should reduce your alcohol intake:

  1. Alcohol is empty calories. Alcoholic drinks are often referred to as ‘empty calories’ meaning that they provide your body with extra calories, but have very little nutritional value. A night out with several drinks can lead to consuming a few hundred extra calories, which can seriously hinder your weight loss efforts.

  2. Alcohol is used as a primary source of fuel. When your body is using alcohol has a primary source of energy, the excess glucose and lipids will end up as fat or adipose tissue.

  3. Alcohol may affect your organs. Excess alcohol consumption can lead to an alcoholic fatty liver which may affect the way your body metabolizes and stores carbohydrates and fats. Any change in the way your body stores energy from food can make it very difficult to lose weight.

  4. Alcohol leads to belly fat. Foods that are high in simple sugars, such as in candy, soda, and beer, are also high in calories. These extra calories tend to get stored as fat in the body, and in most cases, will accumulate in the abdominal area.

  5. Alcohol leads to poor judgment calls. Alcohol tends to lower inhibitions which can lead to poor decision-making in the heat of the moment, especially when it comes to food choices and this can slow down your weight loss progress significantly.

  6. Alcohol can negatively impact your sleep. It has been shown that alcohol can lead to increased periods of wakefulness during sleep cycles and sleep deprivation can lead to an imbalance of hormones related to hunger, satiety, and energy storage.

  7. Alcohol affects digestion. Alcohol intake at all levels can lead to impaired digestion and absorption of nutrients, which in turn can affect the metabolism of organs which play an important role in weight management.


Do I Have to Quit Alcohol to Reach My Weight Loss Goals?

If you are serious about losing weight, then it’s important to think about alcohol and its relationship to your goals. If you do want to shed those pounds, then you may need to cut out alcohol completely to get the best results.

However, you can eventually reintroduce alcohol in moderation once you’ve reached your goal weight but if you continue drinking, you’re going to find it very difficult to lose those last few pounds.


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Shayne Jensen

Shayne Jensen

Shayne is a passionate entrepreneur and highly experienced business leader in Calgary with expertise in health, fitness and wellness. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. And, being a fierce competitor to all sports, he played everything from soccer to tennis to competitive squash, as well as multiple seasons of hockey, football and baseball. In his athletics, Shayne grew to learn and understand that health and fitness set the foundation for a great way of life, and that it allows you to perform better at everything you do while developing the mindset and confidence to become the best version of yourself. At Jensen Fitness, Shayne’s vision is focused on creating optimal performance in individuals while empowering them to become their best selves through health and fitness.

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