If you drink quite frequently and are seeing your waistline increase, alcohol could be the reason for your weight gain.
It is a difficult day at work and you unwind it with a couple of beers. Does it make you more likely to gain weight? How does alcohol affect weight? Your food choices have a certain role on your weight. It is another food choice. So does alcohol. If you are trying to take control of your weight, you have to be very careful with alcohol consumption.
Drinking more than two drinks a day can quite add to the other factors to increase your odds of gaining weight. Likewise, the odds will see a decrease if you drink less frequently and consume less than two drinks.
Alcohol and calories
A glass or two of wine a day is not bad, but you need to watch if it is a coloured drink. There are a plenty of calories in as it is contains various mixers and sugar.
- A five-ounce glass of wine has around 150 calories.
- A 1.5-ounce shot of vodka has 80-130 calories.
- 12 ounces of light beer can add 100-150 calories.
Alcoholic beverages are not diet drinks after all! Be careful and keep your weight under control.
The bottom line
Several studies have tried to look at the association between alcohol and oxidation of lipids (fat). Most of them suggest that consuming alcohol temporarily inhibits the oxidation of lipids (fat) in the body. You’re adding calories and not even burning what you already have.
If you must drink, you should restrict yourself two drinks of hard liquor beverage or 2 pints of beer. Moderate consumption of alcohol doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle to increase your weight. If you are not sure of your ‘moderate level’ and seeing waistline increase, the best approach will be abstinence. If you quit, taking control of weight become easier.
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