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If you want to lose weight and be HEALTHY, then you are gonna have to limit your alcohol intake.
Alcohol is a form of sugar and we all know that sugar is bad for you, but unlike normal sugar that has 4 calories per gram, alcohol has 7 calories! It is also an empty calorie, which means that it has no nutritional content and therefore does not benefit the body at all. Not only does alcohol have no nutritional content, but it also inhibits the bodies ability of absorbing nutrients and can often leave you malnourished, even though are eating a relatively healthy diet. Not convinced yet? Read on.
Alcohol is a dangerous toxin to the body and as soon as it enters the body it is sent to the liver to be processed asap, but this is not the livers only job! The liver also processes all toxins that enter our bodies, from the atmosphere around us to the chemicals in processed food. It is also the place where fat from our food is burnt or stored. Now your liver roughly processes 1 unit of alcohol per hour and so if you drink a bottle of wine(roughly 10 units), your liver will be breaking down alcohol for around 10 hours. In this time your body will not store the nutrients from the food you eat, any excess calories will be stored as fat NOT burnt off because the liver is congested and you will also be dehydrated, which means your metabolism will run slower! You also have the problem of weakened will power when you’ve had a couple and will tend to indulge in cheat foods as well.
So, if you’re not a saint(and most of us aren’t), then a couple of drinks with your weekly cheat meal is ok; as long as their drank intermittently with water. Alternatively, a glass of red wine during the week is also ok, as long as you don’t go over your weekly units.
Women: no more than 14 units.
Men: no more than 21 units.
A short and sweet post. Hope this helps x
Faye believes each body requires a minimum input of a particular essential fitness ingredient, be it: a cleaner diet, clearer mindset, better scheduled training sessions, more relaxation, some functional training or just a general lifestyle tweak or two.