If you are currently trying to lose weight but notice that the kilograms are not dropping as quickly as you would like, perhaps you need to look at what you are drinking rather than what you are eating. Drinking alcohol regularly can definitely ‘slow down’ the weight loss process: read below to find out the reasons why!
Alcohol contains only empty calories: this means that there ARE calories in alcohol however these calories have absolutely no nutritional value (and therefore, have NO benefit to your health). Alcohol does not contain any nutrients and it can also hinder your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. This is because alcohol can inflame & irritate your gastrointestinal tract, which them compromises your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from the food you eat.
The other problem with alcohol is the effect it has on your liver. Your body cannot store alcohol, so it must be metabolized immediately after you drink it. Your body sends alcohol to the liver, which then produces the necessary chemicals to help break down it down. So when you drink, your body makes breaking down alcohol a priority over all other metabolic processes. This means your body won’t metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats as efficiently, so your body is much more likely to store these nutrients as fat.
In a nutshell, alcohol is calorie-laden, has no nutritional value, can cause malnutrition & liver damage (in the long term) and slow down your metabolism…in conclusion, you could say alcohol is a dieting disaster!
At The Natural Way, we understand that drinking alcohol is a big part of socialising with family & friends, and some of our lifestyle-friendly weight loss programs can allow you to have the occasional drink. However, while we can accommodate the odd drink, we certainly recommend that you do not go overboard!
If you would like to find out more about how your lifestyle may be impacting on your weight loss efforts, call 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) to make a FREE appointment with your nearest clinic. We have been helping Australians lose weight for over 30 years and we know we have the BEST program to help you to lose weight and keep it off!
Find out more on our website: www.thenaturalway.com.au