Alcohol diet has the solution to drink alcohol (not a bottle!) while you’re on low calorie diet. But what the ideal quantity to drink and what the technique of Alcohol diet to drink without getting fat? All the answers of these questions will in this article.
Does alcohol really make you fat?
Many people ask this question and want the answer. You should know that when we think of beer, we think of a belly, when we talk about strong alcohol, you may think of sugar.
Alcohol is not sugar or fat
Technically, alcohol is used to refer to a drink containing ethanol, an intoxicant.
The most common drinks and the ones we are going to address today:
There are three nutrients: proteins, lipids (= fats), carbohydrates (= sugars). Most of what you eat contains one of three, often two, sometimes all three at the same time. They are each treated and absorbed differently.
Alcohol (= ethanol), on the other hand, does not fall into any of these three categories and is a “nutrient” in its own right. It does not add anything to our body and is eliminated as waste.
But, it contains calories (7 kcal per gram).
Even if you do not use alcohol as a source of energy, it contains calories … there is still an amazing impact on your body.
The studies show contradictory effects according to the observed population … I did not expect to find such surprising conclusions!
The effects of alcohol on our metabolism
- Neutral effect: Dehydration
The first effect is well known to beer drinkers: we go to the toilet more easily.
This diuretic effect has been known since the 1940s.
You eliminate a lot of water when you drink. If this water is not replaced, you will apparently lose weight (you are dehydrated).
So the scale will be low a day after party, but you will take the weight in the day by drinking water.
- Negative effect: Suppression of lipolysis
It was soon realized that alcohol prevented fat loss by stopping the breaking of fat. This is one of the reasons why you can’t drink alcohol during the fasting period of Fasting
To make it simple, the moment you drink, your fats are no longer used as a source of energy … and the sugar will be very efficiently stored.
This is a negative effect that you have to be careful about when eating with a drink by hand. I give you my solution in my recommendations a little lower.
- Negative effect: Increased appetite
In parallel, the consumption of alcohol stimulates the appetite.
A large study based on the habits of the American population confirms this result in 1985: drinkers eat on average 16% more than non-drinkers.
So we tend to eat more when we drink, you may have noticed.
- Positive effect: Increased metabolism
There is only one explanation for this phenomenon: the metabolism increases.
In other words, alcohol does not make you hungry “directly” but requires efforts to be assimilated (increased energy expenditure), which leads to an increase in appetite.
This effect was confirmed in a study that compared the weight loss of 2 groups with the same calorie count every day.
One group drank a glass of grape juice, and the others a glass of wine (same number of daily calories). The group with alcohol loses more weight than the others.
Since they consume the same amount of energy, it is because their expenses have increased.
In two words: the body turns faster when you drink a little alcohol every day.
This effect is so positive that it completely negates the other negative effects on weight gain, as we will see with the statistical studies.
- Positive effect: Better sensitivity to insulin
This is a big surprise: on average the drinkers are not bigger than the others (women are even thinner).
And In general, statistical studies on alcohol consumption show:
– In men, more calories absorbed but identical weight
– In women, lower weight among women who drink regularly (in moderation)
You know that too much insulin causes weight gain?
In the case of regular drinkers, insulin sensitivity is improved: you produce less to do the job.
So even if the alcohol increases the appetite and makes you store more easily at the time of the drink … the rest of the day it is more effective to use the sugars of our diet.
Explanation: How your body treats alcohol
When you drink, everything goes to the liver, which treats alcohol as a poison by eliminating it first. It is this elimination that makes you expend extra energy and water (increasing the frequency of your pee pauses).
But when you drink alcohol, your body also stops losing weight. Your liver is busy breaking alcohol. And what you consume with (fat chips for example) will go into storage instead of being used.
Some alcoholic beverages contain negligible carbohydrates (wine), and some less negligible (beer).
What makes a sweet alcohol is also to make mixtures (orange vodka, coca whiskey and other cocktails).
The problem at this point is not so much alcohol but the sugar you swallow with.
Alcohol diet technique to drink without getting fat
Now you know that alcohol alone will never be stored as fat, you can imagine a strategy that makes weight gain impossible when you drink.
We will therefore benefit from the positive effects for the metabolism while preventing any intake of fat.
- Food for the day
The macro-nutrients we talked about are not stored in the same way.
Proteins for example are almost impossible to store alone, even if you eat a lot (they must be converted into sugar, then fat).
Sugars can be converted to fat.
Fats are stored almost directly (but only in case of surplus calories).
So you can eat protein (almost in-storable) with vegetables (low in calories). Try to avoid eating too much fat that day, both before and during the aperitif.
You will not have anything in your stomach to store. The other advantage is that you will feel the euphoric effects with much less alcohol than the full belly.
- choose the right alcohol
If you are not going to store the alcohol itself, you can quite store what you drink with. For example, grape juice: it is the sugar of the latter that will be stored.
When you make a cocktail, you will add a sweet drink … again it is this sugar that is problematic. In beer, it is the carbohydrates of fermented cereals.
A good solution is to be limited to those low in sugar, like dry wines (white and red) or spirits (by shooter or with a calorie-free drink type soda light)
- Don’t eat fats before and during the aperitif
If you have eaten fat at the same time while drinking, you may end up in excess of calories and therefore store more easily.
The real problem is the sausage, peanuts and biscuits! Be reasonable and limit yourself to raw vegetables without too much mayonnaise.
Alcohol accelerating storage, do not make it easy!
- drink water
Alcohol dehydrates so you need to drink water regularly. Personally, I try to alternate alcoholic glasses and glasses of water.
You need to drink to lose weight, it is important to overcompensate that day.
Finally, the best way to avoid a hangover is to get a big bottle of water (1L) just before going to bed: wake up “fresh” guaranteed!
Be honest with yourself, if you’re still hurting the next day, it’s because you’ve been drinking too much. Moderation next time!
By drinking too much, you tip the scales towards too many negative effects.
Alcohol, good for your health?
If we exclude the dramatic consequences of alcoholism, road accidents and related family tragedies … alcohol as such would not be so bad for health.
The French exception is a well-known phenomenon of dieticians. While the scientific consensus was that alcohol was bad for health, a study of the French population showed that we had lower-than-average cardiovascular risk for higher alcohol consumption.
Since then, many studies have shown a favorable influence of a moderate consumption of alcohol (around 20 glasses per month) on the health (cholesterol, insulin rate, waist size).
Just recently, a study confirmed the benefits of daily consumption (up to 3 glasses!) on heart health.
These positive effects are to be moderated by the potentially harmful effects on brain function of an excess of alcohol (neurotoxic effect), which are more difficult to estimate in the long term.
If you maintain a consumption of less than 7 glasses per week on average, you do not risk much, on the contrary.
Nevertheless, we must not forget that alcohol has harmful effects on the body and can lead to liver cancer and breast cancer!
In the end, the variation of your weight remains mainly related to what you eat with.
Whether it’s for your weight loss or for health, you can still drink alcohol when you want to lose weight, as long as it’s in moderation and the right kind.
One or two glasses a day will not make you gain weight or make you die young, shows us science today. Avoid drinking the whole bottle anyway. Combine alcohol and diet remains possible. This is called Alcohol diet.
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