Is Alcohol Making You Fat?
It’s almost party season again, a time when we are ready to celebrate the end of the working year, summer and Christmas, so the sound of champagne popping is music to our ears.
There is nothing more refreshing and fun over summer than a glass of champagne, or white wine, or a gin and tonic, and while we are here, why not add a cocktail or two to the equation?
For many of us, having a couple of glasses of wine with dinner is a pleasant way to end what could have been a stressful day at work. The trouble is that a glass of wine at home is rarely the 100ml standard drink, it’s usually 1.5 to 2.5 standard drinks. And hey, you don’t have to drive anywhere, so a couple of glasses then ends up being half a bottle.
Then all the parties and celebrations require, well, celebrating! And having a glass of your favourite drink, ours is champagne, is a fabulous way to celebrate.
But what is harsh but true: drinking alcohol regularly will make you put on weight.
Several factors can lead to weight gain and eventual obesity if you continue to drink heavily:
1. Alcohol is void of nutrition and calorie-dense
2. Alcohol makes us more likely to eat unhealthily and snack impulsively
3. Alcohol can alter the brain and be linked to overeating
4. Alcohol affects your work out regime
If you are a regular drinker, a straightforward way to lose weight is to stop or reduce your drinking.
What to do? Try these tips:
Avoid alcohol during the week by having alcohol free days, or reduce the number of glasses of alcohol by drinking water (or sparkling water with a couple of slices of lemon or lime) from a wine glass with dinner to feel like you have alcohol.
And when you are out celebrating, eat something healthy before you go to line your stomach and stop you from eating while drinking. And speaking of drinking, alternate one drink of alcohol and one water. Your head will thank you for it in the morning and so will your waistline.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.