Want to Reduce Weight? Don’t Eat This…Alcoholic Beverageson Monday, March 30, 2015
A lot of us drink socially, but if you’re looking to reduce those pounds that glass of wine isn’t helping!
“Alcohol itself contains 7 calories per gram — almost double the 4 calories per gram from protein and carbohydrates and just 2 calories short of the 9 from fat. Unlike carbohydrates, protein and fat from whole foods, however, alcohol doesn’t provide any feelings of satiety, so you’re likely to drink these calories in addition to the calories you’re eating.
It’s not just the calories in alcohol itself that cause disruptions in weight loss, but also the calories that come from mixers like soda and sugary syrups. While a 4-ounce glass of red wine contains 95 calories, a margarita packs a whopping 550 calories. That’s almost half of your entire calorie count for the day if you’re on a 1,200-calorie weight-loss diet.
It gets worse: “When alcohol is present in your body, it’s considered a toxin that your body wants to get rid of, and becomes you liver’s top priority,” says Dr. Caroline Cederquist, MD, creator of bistroMD. When your liver is in hardcore detox mode, it can’t burn fat as efficiently.”
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