4 Ways how alcohol can affect fat loss:
First to get an understanding of why alcohol affects us the way it does it is important to know how it is processed in the body. After your first alcoholic drink of the night about 25% of the alcohol is absorbed straight from the stomach into the bloodstream and the remainder is taken in through the small bowel. Alcohol is absorbed fairly quickly and its absorption can be quickened depending on factors such as: the amount of food in the stomach (a fuller stomach slows the rate of absorption), whether the drink is carbonated (carbonated drinks are absorbed more quickly such as champagne), and alcohol concentration of the drink (higher concentrations are also absorbed quicker. Around 98% of alcohol that is consumed is processed in the liver and the other percentage is excreted through urine, breathing or sweat. When the liver processes alcohol it does so by breaking it down by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH, which is contained in liver cells). ADH metabolizes the alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is then broken down into acetate, which is further metabolized to eventually exit the body as waste products, carbon dioxide and water. Another way but less common way alcohol can be processed is called microsomal ethanol-oxidizing system and is used when the blood has very high levels of alcohol.
Here are 4 main reasons alcohol can put a halt on your fat loss goals:
Alcohol isn’t nutritious for you so try to stay away from it when you can and when you do have a drink or two make sure you track those drinks, check out my blog on how to calculate alcohol. This is not supposed to scare you away from having a drink once in a while but I just want to educate on how alcohol affects your body and if you are drinking often enough it could be why you are not seeing fat-loss progress.
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Written By: Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences