Thursday, January 3, 2013


We all are interested in loosing weight. But there are many things that affect weight loss which make the process more complicated than it seem. When we eat different kind of food or take different kind of drinks our body produces different hormones in respond to those foods. Loose weight not only depends on the calorie consumption but also depend on the type of food we eat or drinks we take. Alcohol is one of the worst culprits when it comes to inhibiting weight loss because it disrupts the delicate balance of nutrition, fluid & hormones needed to lose fat. Because alcohol has very little nutritional value but it is very high in calories. For example, it is very easy to drink 200ml glass of wine but it is equivalent of eating 5 teaspoons of butter. Seldom people stop at one glass of wine or one beer; sometimes they mix sugary mixers such as lemonade or other sugary drinks which make thing lot worse.

Drinking heavily or even occasionally increases the body's release of cortisol: the hormone that breaks down
muscle and retains fat. This loss of muscle can mean a huge slowdown in one's metabolism, making it easier to gain weight.

Alcohol also blocks the body from burning fat. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that fat metabolism can be reduced by as much as 73 percent after only two drinks of vodka and lemonade in a one-hour time period. In effect, alcohol shuts down the body's ability to access fat stores for energy. The body needs to be well-hydrated in order to build muscle and burn fat. Alcohol has the effect of dehydrating the body.

Drinking often puts people in a relaxed party mood which encourage taking snacks, potato chips and other unhealthy and fatty party foods. The more someone drinks the less one seems to care about health. The reason is that the alcohol is a powerful appetizer. An aperitif is often offered in restaurants to stimulate the appetite. Research has shown that there is a definite correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed before a meal and the amount of food eaten and that people eat more when they have beer or wine with their meal. Since alcohol causes the brain to release dopamine, the pleasure and addiction hormone, the result is an often addictive desire for more alcohol and food. This means one is hit with a double whammy when it comes to gaining weight: excess calories come from both the alcohol and the extra food that is usually consumed as a result of a stimulated appetite.

So we should be careful about our drinking habit. To maintain good health and loosing weight we have to avoid drinking alcohol at least we can reduce the consumption of alcohol.

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