Alcohol is the enemy of so many diets. But what if we were to tell you that there is a way that you can still enjoy some alcohol with your weight loss plan and succeed? First, you have to understand what alcohol does to your system to contribute to so much weight gain. Think about the food that you eat in a macro way. There are really only three groups: Carbs, fats, and proteins. However, the alcohol flushed out of your system before it can become fat. This is how alcohol impacts your weight.
The number of calories in alcohol may be a little bit surprising, so lets take a look at why alcoholic drinks may fatten you up in the first place. While we tend to associate calories with the basic macro-nutrients in food such as carbohydrates and fat, we need to remember how calories are defined. Calories From Alcohol metric is for ranking. As an example, Everclear may have twice as many calories as your typical beer, but almost none of those calories are wasted, nearly every calorie in Everclear comes only from alcohol while most beers contain a decent amount of calories from carbohydrates. So why are those carbohydrates there in the first place? Without getting too in depth, alcohol is made by fermentation, which is a process in which yeast eat up sugars and turn them into alcohol. So to make alcohol, you first need to start with sugars which themselves are a type of carbohydrate.
Bob, thank you for the comment. Read this. January 14, Smaller font Descrease article font size – A. It will put everything into perspective. So an alcohol-reduced beer or wine will have a greater effect on your slimming waistline than the carb-reduced varieties. A similar study among 20 overweight, sedentary women found no meaningful change in weight after 10 weeks of consuming a glass of wine five times a week. For example a ml glass of low-alcohol red wine is worth 2 SmartPoints values but a glass of full-strength red wine is worth 4 SmartPoints. For example, the creamy cocktail that looks so enticing? When combined with fat, they contribute to more efficient fat storage.