With all of the holiday parties and family gatherings there is so much food and along with all of that food there are also alcoholic beverages. We all know that you need to limit your calorie intake with food and during this season, it’s very easy to get off track, but, very few people know that alcohol can be just as bad for the healthy lifestyle that you are choosing as well. Did you know that alcohol contains just as many calories, if not more than you can imagine? Let’s take a look….
20-ounce serving of beer can pack 250 calories
6-ounce glass of wine contains 120 calories + additional sugar
1.5-ounce shot of liquor contains about 100
And that’s not including the mixed sugary mixes. In addition, drinking alcohol while on a weight loss journey or just trying to get healthy affects your body’s metabolism, and effects your body’s ability to burn fat. Your liver usually metabolizes your body’s ability to burn fat and when you drink, your fat metabolism takes a back seat to the alcohol. It then in turn takes longer for your body to burn the fat off even when you work out right after a night of drinking.
So if you can refrain from drinking while seeking your healthy living journey, you will also see many other changes other than weight loss. Cutting your alcohol intake can also help your skin clear up, and can also aid in more energy in combination with your workouts. Alcohol can have both long term and short term effects. You should detox your body from all toxins while working out to give your body a break and the changes will amaze you.
If you want to have that one drink or mixed cocktail, then consider mixing your margarita with diet drinks instead, as they have less sugar, or consider having a glass of red wine it is proven to be very good for your heart and has less calories than a mixed drink or glass of beer. In addition to alcohol and the affect that it has on your body, it also hinders your ability when driving. The holiday season is upon us and celebrating with alcohol beverages is always included, but should you decide to drink, then DO NOT DRIVE, appoint a designated driver, or choose other means of travel for safety; take a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or choose to stay where you are until the effects have worn off.
Happy Holidays to you all!!