One thing that many people overlook when losing weight is the fact that you can easily drink extra calories as well as eat them. The most common way to drink extra calories is by drinking alcoholic beverages. One beer averages roughly about 150 calories. If you drink 2 beers a day, that is 300 extra calories. Two beers a day for a whole week is 2100 extra calories. As you can see, that easily adds up!
One ounce of hard liquor is about 64 calories (80 proof) and 80 calories (100 proof.) Not to mention if you add in the drink mixes for mixed drinks, the calories can add up big time. Besides the extra calories, alcohol affects your weight loss efforts in other ways:
- Alcohol contains empty calories, meaning no nutritional value at all
- Alcohol blocks fat burning. Your liver is too busy using the calories from alcohol first before using the calories from fat.
- Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration due to frequent urination
- Alcohol stimulates appetite in some people
- Alcohol prevents the absorption and processing of some vitamins
While having an occasional drink on weekends or at a special event won’t have a major effect on your weight loss efforts, if you are in pursuit of living a healthy lifestyle, alcohol should definitely be avoided.
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