It might seem odd to see me write a blog on alcohol and weight gain, especially as a nutritionist and fitness coach. But I think it is ridiculous to not discuss the impact that alcohol might play in your plan to control or lose body fat.
I know many professionals would rather suggest that you not drink alcohol, as it has no place in nutrition and only impedes weight loss. But I think if you look at the evidence, you will be empowered by the knowledge, and allow you to be more comfortable with the choices you make. The “don’t do this because it’s bad” approach doesn’t work, especially when it might not be true, or at least not well understood.
When you consider that moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with greater longevity compared to those who abstain from alcohol or heavy drinkers, you can’t conclude that alcohol has absolutely no place in our consumption habits because of its negative health consequences. Nor can you conclude however that those who don’t drink should now have a beer every night because of the above statement either. While – I am not one who advocates for or against it. Certainly, there are dozens of cases, such as with addiction or disease where abstaining from alcohol is a must. Accordingly, today I want to get into whether the desire to lose weight is another case in which alcohol should be shunned. Specifically, I want to address the theory that drinking alcohol makes you eat more food.
Some recent research provides us some surprising insights about this issue.
Who said researchers don’t know how to party?