How does alcohol affect your ability to burn fat?

There has been a thirst for knowledge recently about alcohol and its effect on fat burning. Today I am pouring you an information cocktail. Here is the skinny on everything you need to know in regards to alcohol consumption.After sipping on this “info-tini” you may want to reconsider just how many more you want to pour!

Daily alcohol consumption will slow or stop your results. I use the word daily because as I said in my last article one glass of wine is fine. When you belly up to the bar with that T.G.I.F. attitude,  think before you drink more than two drinks.

I am referring to any liquor with a greater than 70% proof alcohol rating. Your liver can’t metabolize alcohol and fat at the same time. It will always get rid of the toxic substance (alcohol) first. That means that as long as there’s alcohol in your system you won’t be burning any body fat. If you have less than three drinks, you might stall your fat loss for several hours. If you have quite a few drinks, (three to five) it might be as long as four days before you’re metabolizing fat again.

Drinking also dehydrates you, raises cortisol levels (goodbye muscle density /hardness), raises estrogen levels (hello hips and lower pouch), and lowers inhibitions (pizza, chocolate anyone?). Combine that with the fact that alcohol promotes abdominal fat storage (of all places!) and it’s really not worth it, not if you’re serious about making a major transformation in your health and general appearance.

I know several women who have a few drinks once a week and they wonder why they don’t reach their desired fitness goals. It’s only the beginning, now add an olive some dirty juice, and presto… a puffy lower belly. Just how negative the impact is probably depends on your goals, age, activity level, metabolism, and a zillion other things.

If wine with dinner is part of your lifestyle, you might experiment with a glass a day, but that is it! See if you can have a glass of wine a few times a week and still be making progress. If it’s really slow going, keep cutting back the number of drinks until you’re satisfied with the level of your results. Of course, if you want to radically transform yourself and lose several pounds it’s properly best you have less than 4 drinks per week.

Men with the “Dunlap” disease, get into the gym or better yet hire a qualified professional. Ladies go on a tropical vacation, without the tropical drinks, and exercise! Sip your drinks make them last, and have two glasses of water between your limited alcoholic beverages or there will be no special date with a little black dress.

Gentlemen, you won’t start your engines with too many in the tank! (you know what I mean) The truth that is self-evident and we all need to understand the damage we are doing to ourselves for many days, just for a few hours of indulgence. Play Smart.

Dave Parise C.P.T.
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