One of the biggest obstacles in losing weight is calculating the caloric values of certain foods and drinks. In general, most people underestimate the number of calories in their foods/beverages. Even if you are using sites like My Fitness Pal or Fooducate there is room for error. The best course of action to prevent weight gain is to avoid processed foods, eat only from the earth, and limit your alcohol intake to once a week.
On average a glass of wine has anywhere from 100 to 300 calories. One ounce of hard liquor can have 60 to 80 calories, that’s without soda, seltzer or any additions. Regardless of your ideal caloric intake too much of a good thing could quickly sabotage your weightloss progress.
Aside from alcohol being loaded with empty calories, “alcohol interferes with fat burning, something important for weight loss. Normally, the liver metabolizes fats, but when a person drinks, alcohol takes preference. The liver breaks down alcohol for energy first, causing a build-up of fatty acids. What this means is that the body uses the calories supplied from alcohol before it is able to expend the calories from fat. This characteristic is referred to as “fat sparing,” meaning alcohol’s presence spares the fat from being utilized for energy. Alcohol also stimulates appetite in many people. This may thwart your weight loss efforts even more.”
Ultimately, you really are not only what you eat but also what you drink. It’s always helpful to keep in mind that even the lighter stuff can prevent you from reaching your goals. Everything in moderation!
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