Can I Lose Weight and Still Drink Alcohol?
Can I Lose Weight Still Drink Alcohol?
The short answer is yes, you can Lose weight still drink alcohol. However it will not be easy. I know it can be done, because I have done it. Below are before and after pics.
Not only did I do it, but I did it rather well. And I can assure you that I still consumed alcohol on most days during that transformation. I can also assure you that I did everything else right, so I was able to get away with it. Still, the results would have come much faster had I not drank alcohol.
So, what did I do? How does it all work? Let's first talk about alcohol.
Alcohol, and how it affects us.
Alcohol calories have zero nutritional value, and contains seven calories per gram, which is classified as another form of energy next to carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Only fat has more calories per gram: 9/gram.
Regarding weight management, alcohol calories are known as the "first to burn", meaning you will process the ingested alcohol calories first and inhibit the burning of other fuels until the alcohol has been metabolized.
The consumption of alcohol can result in declines in blood glucose and consequent cravings for sugar. When alcohol is consumed in conjunction with carbohydrates, such as in most mixed drinks, carbohydrate metabolism is put on hold while the alcohol calories are burned.
When carbohydrate metabolism is compromised in this manner, the ingested carbs are more likely to be converted into triglyceride in the liver. Therefore, alcohol earns the distinction of being "lipogenic" (fat-forming) although not in the way that many people mistakenly believe that alcohol calories are converted into sugar, or converted into fat, by the body.
The appetite-stimulating and first-to-burn characteristics of alcohol can significantly hinder efforts to reduce excess body fat, even with what's commonly considered to be "moderate" drinking, such as one or two glasses of wine or one or two beers daily. - The Primal Blueprint
Here's a real-world example to drive the point home.
Let's use beer in this example. What kinds of foods are commonly consumed with beer?
- Burger and Fries
- Tacos, Nachos and other Mexican Delights
- Chips, Dip, Cheese & Crackers
- and various garbage
Let's take wings... my personal favorite, and in my opinion the healthiest option (assuming they are bake, not deep fried). A typical order of wings is 12 pieces. On average that's about 1200 calories. So, you've just had a beer or 2...or whatever, and then it's wing time. Since alcohol is "first to burn", guess what you just did? That's right, you just stored 1200 calories as fat. Do that 3 times, and that's an entire pound of fat!
#1 Tip to Lose weight still drink alcohol
Do NOT consume alcohol with food.
What else can I do?
As I said earlier, I did everything else right. I did not have a gym membership. I did not spend hours working out (overtraining). I didn’t do any cardio other than casual walking and hiking. I did not starve myself. I did not count or restrict calories. I was a fat storing machine, but I reprogrammed my genes and transformed into a fat burning beast by:
- Eating Primally
- Moving frequently
- Performing a variety of bodyweight exercises
- Sprinting occasionally
How I Can Help You
Read some of my previous blog posts where I go into more detail on the 4 items above, and check back often. But knowing is only half the battle. "Doing" is the most important part. As a Certified Primal Health Coach, I can help you that. Details...