Along with binge drinking, weekend has also become synonymous to weight gain. We work our hardest on the weekdays, making every right decision when it comes to health, and when the happy hour strikes on Friday, we embark on a guilt free drinking spree, suffering the consequences the moment we wake up the next morning.
A survey conducted in Britain showed that people can pack up to 10,000 calories over the weekend. A portion of it does come from booze, but the other half of the calories come from greasy and fatty foods that we crave right when that buzz hits us.
Alcohol Blocks Oxidation Of Fat
Alcohol indirectly causes weight gain. Once consumed, alcohol enters our blood stream and then goes to liver, where an enzyme named alcohol dehydrogenase stimulates the conversion of alcohol to acetaldehyde, which then gets converted to acetate. Rather than being stored as fat, our body uses up the alcohol in the form of acetate for fuel.
This lowers the level of lipid oxidation significantly, as the body favors using alcohol for energy instead. Also, any food that you eat- pizza, fries, mozzarella sticks, taco bell- to subside your booze fueled cravings gets stored as body fat.
Alcohol and the “Munchies”
Alcohol has little to no nutritional value. When it enters the body,it gets converted into sugar, which then enters our bloodstream and increases the blood sugar level. This triggers the release of insulin, which then lowers the sugar level.
Once you stop drinking, your body’s sugar level goes way down. This sudden decrease in sugar causes your body to become hungry as a way to balance out low sugar level. This is why you crave unhealthy foods so much after drinking.
Is a Drink of Alcohol Really Worth It?
A drink with 20 grams of alcohol can easily contain 150 calories, and who stops at 1 shot? It is very easy to overindulge in drinks because of our habit of underestimating its caloric content. You can literally drink up pounds worth of calories in just one sitting. These empty calories gets stored in our thighs and bellies as fat, and then also hampers our fat burning process.
It also lowers your inhibitions and impairs your decision making ability, making you more prone to making unhealthy choices.
Plus, The next day you are too hungover, tired, nauseous and dehydrated to engage in a good workout.
How to Combat Over Indulging In Liquid Calories
Alcohol can put a pause on your fat metabolism. But then should you never enjoy your drink? No! Below you will find 4 ways to avoid stuffing your body with unhealthy calories:-
- Eat while drinking. Many people try to cut calories by eating less, but this will backfire because cocktails are filled with sugar which will spike up your blood sugar which will be quickly followed by a crash, at which point you will devour every unhealthy dish on the menu. So don’t skip your meal to make room for alcoholic calories.
- Fancy drinks will make you feel hungrier. So be prepared for that. The more complex drinks are filled with sugar, which will leave you very hungry.
- Limit yourself to a drink or two. Going without alcohol all week, does not give you the leeway to down 6-7 drinks in a night. That’s bad decision. You are setting yourself your trouble.
- Drink lots of water. Alcohol is a diuretic which pushes water out. When dehydrated, you will feel even hungrier. So drink a glass of water with every drink, and then before going to bed have some more water along with a snack high in fiber and protein. This will prevent you from overeating the next day.
In the comments section below, please share if you have ever went on a drinking spree. If yes, how did that impact your weight loss efforts?