High fat, high carbohydrate foods do nothing to help you whittle away your waistline. Neither does alcohol. The empty calories in one drink are enough to ruin your hard work and exercise efforts.
New research shows that even small amounts of alcohol can contribute to more weight gain than other, equally caloric foods or beverages. A mere 3 ounces of alcohol can reduce fat-burning by about a third. But how could this be, you say? Isn't wine supposed to be good for us?
When you drink alcohol, your body converts it into acetate, which is then burned before any other calorie you've consumed or stored away. And that includes fat and sugar. But the worse news is that when alcohol is in your system, it is harder for your body to burn fat that's already stored here. In other words, if you are trying to lose weight, you shouldn't consume any liquor. One or two drinks after a workout will undo all of your hard work.
A 5 oz glass of wine has 150 calories, a small beer has135, and even vodka packs as much. And if you drink with your meal, you will end up consuming about 20 percent more calories, mainly because liquor interferes with satiety. Some studies say that alcohol can actually fool you in believing that you are still hungry. This is especially harmful if you are at a party where tempting foods are everywhere.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid alcohol.
Make a choice to stay away from alcohol. You know it's no good for you and your waistline, so why drink?
If you do indulge from time to time, be aware of what and how much you are drinking. One beer could have up to 150 calories, a small glass of wine has only 70.
Know yourself. Everyone has a weak spot, if you tend to overeat or overdrink at parties, eat a protien and fiber packed snack before you go out. This weay you won't be drinking on an empty stomach.
Set your goals. When you make your health and physique your priority, it's much easier to "just say no". You'll be glad you did when you wake up rested and refreshed and full of energy.
Personal Trainer Los Angeles Jason Kozma owns High Performance Personal Training in Southern California. Jason and his High Performance Team are helping residents all over Southern California lose weight and get in the best shape of their lives. Find out more by visiting Los Angeles Fitness