Skinny margaritas, what are the “skinniest” drinks? And what’s the best alcoholic drink to have when trying to lose weight?
When it comes to weight loss, most foods and drinks can be worked into a plan without too much difficulty. However, alcohol is one of the last things you want to consume if you are serious about losing weight. You can still lose weight if you drink alcohol, but your results will be compromised.
Alcohol is a technically a carbohydrate, but it is not like regular carbohydrates and contains almost twice as many calories (7 vs. 4) of a regular carb. While this is noteworthy, it is not the biggest reason why alcohol is so problematic for weight loss. The real issue is that alcohol is a toxin, so your body tries to get rid of it as soon as possible and processes things differently when it is in your system.
From a physiological standpoint, alcohol is classified as being protein, fat, and carbohydrate sparing. This means that alcohol minimizes the amount of protein, carbs, and fat that your body burns while it is in your system. In other words, when you drink alcohol, your body stores a higher percentage of the foods you eat as fat, regardless of what those foods are.
If you are determined to drink alcohol, the best things you can do are keep your consumption to a minimum and drink on an empty stomach to minimize the additional calories that are stored as fat. Drinking alcohol, especially with large meals, is a definite recipe for fat gain. The real question is what is the higher priority for you and your goals, drinking alcohol or losing fat?
By Ross Harrison
VFT Fitness Expert
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