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Drinking alcohol is a favorite pastime for many people, both socially and culturally.
We get asked quite often, how drinking alcohol can affect your ability to lose weight, contribute to weight gain or how it can be incorporated into your lifestyle in a healthy way.
Now alcohol isn't all bad and negative... For example, The antioxidants found in in red wine have been shown to help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart and alcohol itself may have some protective effects when consumed in moderation. The key words here though - is moderation
However, alcohol also plays a large role in weight management.
It is, quiet often when we speak with ladies who have put on weight over the years sometimes we see they created a habit of drinking a couple of glasses of wine most nights over a extended period of ti.
This small change is enough to create weight gain over a period of time.
This also works in reverse, for those who consistently drink couple of glasses of wine in the evening, weight loss can be achieved and maintained by substituting alcohol for soda water even just 75% of the time.
Alcohol is referred to as empty calories. This means that they provide your body with calories but provide very little nutrients or sustainability.
There are almost 155 calories in one 355ml standard beer, and 125 calories in a 150ml glass of red wine.
By comparison, a recommended afternoon snack should have between 150 and 200 calories.
It's not just the alcohol considerder; if you're having spirits or spirtzer which have mixers, such as fruit juice or sodas (coke/lemonade(, contain even more calories. A sneaky one most people forget about is usually tonic water; which contain around 100 calories per 250ml.
A night out with several drinks can lead to consuming a few hundred extra calories… and much much more.
Now we are more than just about the calories, alcohol affects your organs, can contribute to belly fat, often clouds and changes our food choices and negatively affects the quality of sleep.
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