How Alcoholic Beverages Can Be Bad For Your Diet
One of the hardest things for people to eliminate from their diet is alcohol. While you may enjoy having a few cocktails at happy hour, this habit can add inches to your waist very quickly.
Let’s take a look at how alcohol can keep you from losing the weight you want to eliminate.
Calories. The first obvious characteristic of alcoholic beverages is that they often have a lot of calories. In addition to the liquor that’s found in drinks, you also have added calories in the mixes that are often used to make drinks.
Alcoholic beverages are notorious for being high in calories. In order to get a better idea, the average Long Island Iced Tea has over 700 calories and a margarita can have over 350 calories.
If you’re trying to stay under 2000 calories every day, you can see how an alcoholic beverage takes a large portion of those calories.
Increasing hunger. Alcoholic beverages can actually cause you to feel hungrier. When you’re trying to limit your portions, excess hunger (especially when it’s stimulated artificially) is an enemy.
Impeding judgment. When you drink alcohol in excess, you may lose your ability to make good judgment calls about food. Instead of being reasonable and sticking to your diet plan, you may lower your inhibitions and eat larger portions.
Slows down fat burning. Alcohol can also cause you to hold on to your fat a little longer. It actually causes your body to slow down its use of fat to burn calories. That means you won’t lose fat as quickly if you’re drinking a lot of alcohol.
Alcohol doesn’t have to be completely eliminated from your diet, but if you’re serious about losing weight, you’ll need to be very judicious with your use of alcohol. Limit it and make sure that you count the calories.