Why can’t you lose weight when you drink alcohol and how does alcohol affect your weight loss general? Here, are the top three remarks to remember.
#1 Caloric value
Alcohol itself carries a caloric value which means that 1 gram of alcohol has 7 calories. So, if you are on a calorie diet, if you count your calories that means that whatever amount of alcohol you drink you will need to add it into you calorie account. Just to compare, carbohydrates and protein have about 4 calories in each 1 gram and fat has 9 calories per 1 gram.
This means that alcohol with 7 calories per 1 gram has more calories than your normal pizza and the carbs you are eating. Therefore, this is something you need to consider because it affects you weight loss. Bear in mind that 90% of people who were asked how much calories you beer had no idea. A pint of beer has about 150 calories and a glass of wine has about 200 to 220 calories.
#2 No nutritional value
Pay attention to this point here: Alcohol has no nutritional value which means that your body cannot use it at all so the first thing your body wants to do is to get rid of it. No nutritional value also means that your body cannot store it.
What happens? As you drink alcohol it get broken down by your liver. Let’s think about the liver which is the important think that you must remember. Your liver breaks down the alcohol and metabolizes it and on a basis of one unit per hour. However, you liver is also responsible to metabolize your fat. That means that your fat breakdown and the ability of your body to utilize your fat properly also happens in the liver.
As alcohol is a toxic in your body and it wants to get rid of it as soon as possible because it cannot store it, this means that your liver will prioritize your alcohol metabolization over the breaking down of fat. As soon as, alcohol enters your body your fat metabolization stops. That is crucial to understand in your weight loss journey that every time your drink alcohol, you will not be able to burn fat. For example, if you had 2 big glasses of wine or 2 pints of beer which translates into 10 hours of your body trying to get rid of this alcohol, in this period of time your body cannot burn fat.
#3 Alcohol is a toxin
As alcohol is a toxin it affects or damages our stomach, the intestines, your kidneys and your liver. Why is that bad? Or, how does this affect your weight loss? When you think about it, if you eat food it get broken down in your stomach and in your small intestine and large intestine.
So, if these do not work properly, your body will not be able to function at a full capacity because all the vitamins and minerals that you need have a requirement that your digestion works properly. Good digestion happens in all these organs. That means that if they are not functioning or mal-functioning that is an indication for diseases and you are getting worse and worse.
The liver is one of your most amazing organs in your body because it is able to regenerate itself 100% in a life in a cycle of 30 days. So, if your liver is damaged to 50% or 70%, your body is able to repair it. The problem is that if you keep drinking alcohol, you keep damaging your liver as it tries to recuperate and it will never manage to rejuvenate.