How Alcohol Affects Weight Loss! (+BLOCKS Fat Loss)
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Marc talks about why alcohol will stop you from losing weight especially fat!
Do you really want to know why you can’t lose weight when you drink alcohol? Stay tuned. I’ll tell you all about it.
OK. Welcome back. Thanks for hanging in. My name is Marc Dressen. You’re watching MDTV. I’m a personal trainer and a sports scientist, and my role is to educate people about food, nutrition, fitness, and all these things, which are connected to your health. And today we’re talking about a rather serious sort of topic, and that is alcohol. And I’m going to tell you a bit later in the video, very shortly, about why alcohol inhibits your fat loss and why you’re not able to lose weight while you drink alcohol. My top five in a minute.
So I just want to talk about alcohol in itself. I’m going to give you a couple of facts, which I find it rather fascinating and interesting. And the first one is that the World Health Organization actually classifies alcohol as a drug. And that means that alcohol itself is, in the world, the biggest legalized drug, which is pretty, actually really sad when you think about it. Also why is it a drug? Because you can get addicted. Then as you’re addicted to that drug, you need to go to a 12-step program or any sort of similar program to get rid of it. So it’s not a good thing.
What else about alcohol? How is alcohol measured? It’s measured in units, so one unit of alcohol equals to 10 milliliters or 8 grams of pure alcohol. And so what does that mean? That means, for example, a pint of beer has around three units of alcohol and holds a caloric value or has around, I think, 180 calories.
Now red wine, for example, a big glass of red wine, so 250 milliliters of red wine, has around three, sometimes even four units of alcohol, and has a higher caloric value around 220 calories. It depends, obviously, on which beer and which wine you’re drinking, but just use that as a rule of thumb.
The other thing, which I think is quite interesting or good to know, is how your body metabolizes, or at which rate your body metabolizes alcohol, and that is at one unit per hour, which means you basically, if you drink a pint of beer, which has three units of alcohol, means it takes you three hours to get rid of that alcohol totally in your body. But what that implies and what the effects are, I’m going to talk about a bit later. How does your body metabolize alcohol, or how does it get rid of it?
There are a couple of ways. One is breathing. The other one is urine. It could be your sweat, but most of the time it’s metabolized or broken down in your liver. And what the effects are for that, I’m going to talk about in a second as well. And the last one is the guidelines in the UK for what they recommend of how much you should be drinking on a daily basis is for a male between three to four units, and for a woman, two to three units. Which if you ask me as a trainer, I would still say that’s too much.
So why can’t you lose weight while you drink alcohol, and how does alcohol affect your weight loss in general? Here are my top five.
1. So number one is that alcohol itself carries a caloric value, which means one gram of alcohol has seven calories. So if you’re on a calorie diet, if you count your calories, means that whatever amount of alcohol you drink, you will need to add into your calorie account. So just to compare, carbohydrates and protein have around four calories a gram, and fat has nine calories a gram.
So alcohol has seven. It’s somewhere in the middle, so it has a bit more than your normal pizza and the carbs you’re eating. So that’s something you need to consider. And that affects your weight loss, because most of the time, I think 90% of people who were asked how much calories your beer has, have no idea. So beer has around 150, a pint of beer, 150 calories, and a glass of wine, a big glass of wine has around 200 to 220 calories. So this is something you need to consider while you drink alcohol.
2. Number two, and this is, I think, the most important bit. I really want you to understand this point, so make sure you pay attention. Another wink here. So alcohol has no nutritional value, which means your body cannot use it at all. So the first thing your body wants to do is get rid of it. Because it has no nutritional value means also your body cannot store it. So what happens? As you drink alcohol, it’s getting broken down by your liver, and now, let’s think about the liver, and this is the important bit I want you to get, because you’re going to realize in a second. Now your liver breaks down the alcohol, metabolizes it on a basis of one unit per hour, breaks it down, which is fine. That sounds good.
Now the bad thing about it is that the liver is also responsible for your fat metabolization. Means that your fat breakdown and that your body is able to utilize fat properly also happens in the liver. Now as alcohol is a toxin to your body, and your body wants to get rid of it as soon as possible, because we cannot store it, means the liver will prioritize the breakdown of alcohol compared to the secondary nature of what the liver does, which is breaking down the fat. So every time, as soon as alcohol enters your mouth, your fat metabolization of the liver will stop. So alcohol switches on, and fat metabolization stops.
And that’s crucial to understand as you’re on your weight loss journey. Every time you drink alcohol, you will not be able to burn fat. And if you think about it, if you had like, let’s say, two big glasses of wine or three pints, that might be something like nine to 10 units of alcohol, which translates into sort of 10 hours of your body trying to get rid of this alcohol. In these 10 hours, your body cannot burn fat . So keep that in mind, and I hope you understand at this point, if you haven’t, just go back and listen to it again, because it is really important.
3. Number three, alcohol is a toxin, and as it is a toxin, it affects or damages our stomach linings, the intestines, your kidneys, and your liver. Now why is that bad, and how does that affect your weight loss? Well, when you think about it, if you eat food, most of the time it will get broken down in your stomach a little bit, then in the small intestine, large intestine, and so on.
So if these are sort of inflamed or not working properly, your body will not be able to function at the full capacity, because all the vitamins and minerals and everything you need that your digestion works properly happens in all of these organs. So if they’re not functioning or malfunctioning, that is an indication for diseases, or the floodgates open, and you’re getting worse and worse and worse.
Now the liver is one of, I would say, the most amazing organs in your body, because it’s able to regenerate itself to 100% in a life or in a cycle of 30 days. So if your liver is damaged to 50% to 70%, your body can repair that liver to 100% of fully functioning again, which is amazing if you think about it.
But the problem with that is, and this is where all these detox programs and all that stuff most of the time doesn’t work, because they’re just for one week really, is that if you keep drinking alcohol, all you’re doing is your liver is trying to recuperate and regenerate, but it’s always getting like a hit on the head all the time back down, back down. So it will not be able to regenerate fully. So therefore, cut down on your alcohol.
4. Number four, alcohol lowers testosterone. Now testosterone is known as the hormone or our muscle-building hormone in your body, and also as sort of a fat-burning hormone. Now I’m not going to go into more detail about it, but how does that translate? Well, if you have more muscle in your body, it raises your metabolic rate, and as you have a higher metabolic rate, you will burn more fat.
So this has a big effect on your weight loss as well. As it inhibits your testosterone, you can go into the gym, you can work out, but if you drink alcohol, you will not have the same effect, because testosterone levels are lower, and therefore, you’re not able to build the same amount of muscle you could have done if you haven’t had any alcohol.
5. Number five, alcohol increases your appetite. And that’s quite interesting, because if you think about it, most of time, you don’t just drink alcohol, right? You drink alcohol with your food, with something with it. And alcohol has another thing, and that is it is a central nervous system depressant, which means it has an effect on your motor skills, on your thinking, on your focus, and all of a sudden, you start eating more, and you’re not that conscious, and then, oh, let’s have another beer, another shot, another this. So you’re sort of lacking the willpower and the self-control of things, and that’s why it not only stimulates you to eat more, but you’re also not that much in control anymore.
So I guess all in all, these five things should give you more reason than ever to not drink alcohol anymore. If you’ve got problems with it, and I do understand that sometimes you want a break, and because it somehow– it’s a reward for people. It’s a coping mechanism. It’s so many things and excuses to drink alcohol because of peer pressure and so on, I understand that.
But understand one thing. You always have the choice. You’re the one who makes the choice of picking up that glass and drinking it, and I always think that someone who’s able to go into a pub and not drink alcohol is a much stronger personality than someone who does.
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