There’s an excellent reason why “beer belly” became a common term for a fat guy or gal. Alcoholic beverages pile on the pounds because they are all calories without any nutrition. When intoxicated, they do not exactly encourage you to make wise food choices or to exercise regularly – or exercise at all. If you are serious about losing weight and getting healthy, then you need to cut out all alcoholic beverages.
According to the Washington Post, an alcoholic beverage contains seven calories per liquid gram. It takes about three liquid grams to make up a fluid ounce. So, if you are drinking a twelve ounce beer, you are consuming about 150 calories. That’s a lot of calories for just a treat. You are getting absolutely no nutritional benefit from that beer. That’s why nutritionists refer to these calories as “empty calories.”
But what about quenching thirst? Isn’t that a nutritional benefit? Not if you are talking about any alcoholic beverage. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so you actually get thirstier the more alcohol you drink. Have you ever notice how you have to use the toilet so often when drinking? That’s because of alcohol’s dehydrating affect.
What About Drinking In Moderation?
Doctors say that if you can keep to only one drink every couple of days, this shouldn’t impact your health significantly. Some studies even suggest that drinking in moderation may help you be less inclined to get a stroke, gallstones or ulcers. But who can drink in moderation? The nature of drinking lends itself to having yet another drink after the first. Since your body is becoming dehydrated from the first drink, you are going to be more eager to reach for another.
There are people in the world that can drink in moderation, but they are a rare breed. This can be seen in some places like parts of the Mediterranean where the local water supply is too filthy to drink. They have taught to respect alcohol’s detrimental powers and to counter it by always eating food with a drink and only having one glass.
What About Thin Alcoholics?
There are many obese alcoholics but there are also just as many dangerously thin alcoholics. Although alcohol’s affects on the body can differ from person to person, usually a person gets fat as they are developing a dependency and then they become a dedicated alcoholic, can become bone-thin because they have stopped eating in order to have more money to spend on alcohol.
Those that do have money to spend on food will usually choose sugar and fat laden foods because it involves hardly any preparation and because they can taste it. Alcohol, especially in combination with tobacco smoking, can often dull the taste buds. Dull taste buds mean you often pick junk food to eat which will definitely make you fat.
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