How Alcohol Consumption Contributes to Weight Gain

How Alcohol Consumption Contributes to Weight Gain

The body can’t store alcohol, so it metabolizes it right away.  Since the alcohol becomes priority in the metabolic process, your body won’t metabolize other fats and sugars as efficiently, ultimately slowing your metabolism down over time.

Alcohol contains seven calories per gram, that’s almost as must as pure fat.  When it comes to weight loss (or gain) it ultimately boils down to calories-in vs. calories-out, and the empty calories in alcohol (which have no nutritional value) can easily add up.

How many calories are you drinking?

A spirit and coke has similar calories to a blueberry muffin.  

A pina colada has similar calories to a doughnut.

A glass of wine has similar calories to a slice of cake.

There are other factors to keep in mind as well.

Mixers such as juices and sodas that many alcoholic beverages are mixed with are loaded with sugar, which can be stored as fat.

Poor food choices are often an outcome of drinking, due to the fact that alcohol increases your appetite and decreases your mindfulness.

Fun Facts

The average wine drinker consumes an extra 2,000 calories each month.

The lowest calorie drinks you can order are vodka and soda, light beer, gin and tonic, and red wine.

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