Top 10 Fat Loss Speed Bumps Caused by Alcohol
The main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy. In fact, just two drinks of vodka and sugar-free lemonade, with each drink containing just under 90 calories, has been shown to cut whole body lipid oxidation (a measure of how much fat your body is burning) by more than 70%.
The reason that alcohol has such a bad reputation when it comes to weight loss has a lot to do with the fact that it acts as a potent appetizer. In other words, you’ll eat more food if a meal is served with an alcoholic drink than you would if that same meal was served with a soft drink. So you get hit twice — once from the calories in the alcoholic drink, and then again from the subsequent increase in appetite and calorie intake.
Unlike macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, alcohol supplies what nutritionists often refer to as empty calories: calories without nutrition. To make matters worse, it is the first fuel to be used when combined with carbohydrates, fats and proteins, postponing the fat-burning process and contributing to greater fat storage
Alcohol Loosens the Inhibitions. Those drinking might also eat more of the wrong kinds of food, without thinking of the consequences.
Alcohol when used in excess can have a damaging effect on the liver, stomach and kidneys. Any weakening of the stomach will lessen the rate and efficiency at which food is digested, which ultimately interferes with a healthy metabolism and the weight loss process. The liver – which processes toxins and breaks down fats for fuel – is crucial when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition. Alcohol is at its most destructive during the liver’s detoxification process
Alcohol Lowers Testosterone. Testosterone, which has a powerful fat loss effect, is reduced whenever alcohol is consumed, thus halting its full potential as a fat burner.
Alcohol Raises Estrogen levels. Can You Say Hello Hips?
Alcohol Raises Cortisol Levels. Can anyone say beer belly?
Alcohol affects the hormones responsible for fluid balance. As a result, it causes drinkers to urinate frequently, losing body fluids. When thirsty drinkers have another alcoholic beverage, the vicious cycle of urination –> dehydration –> thirst continues. The only way to break the cycle is to have water or another non-alcoholic beverage
Alcohol is going to put the breaks on is protein synthesis. This means that no further lean muscle tissue will be built up as long as that alcohol is in the body. Again, you can imagine what this is going to do to your workout goals.