By Jan Hauser
Weight Loss Coach, Personal Trainer Food
What is so damning about having that one glass of wine or alcohol on your program? Can’t we all have a good time once in awhile? And besides, haven’t studies shown that moderate quantities of alcohol are good for you?
This week we’re sharing 3 must-know facts about alcohol and weight loss!
Personal Trainer Food Weight Loss Coaches have this conversation every day: “Can I have a glass of wine on this plan?”
“But a glass of wine just once a week can’t hurt, right?”
This is where the Weight Loss Coach sounds like a major party pooper: “Sorry, but even one glass of wine will stall your fat loss goals.”
We are pretty sure we can hear a little whine, and then many will press on with: “But…what about low carb beer?”
Here are three dirty little secrets about alcohol you need to know…
1. It is a Poison to Fat Loss
Alcohol is a poison in the body; a toxin.
By eating Personal Trainer Food, you are shifting your body into detoxification mode. Toxins are stored in your fat. In order to release the fat, you have to create an environment in which you are not taking in more toxins. So eating your clean, detoxifying Personal Trainer Food meals helps to release both fat and toxins.
After having a single glass of wine, your body becomes pre-occupied with protecting itself from the poisonous effects of alcohol.
When you drink, your body is stores the poison from your wine as fat.
2. The Anti-Nutrient Effect of Drinking
You can think of alcohol as an ‘ANTI-nutrient’. It will literally pull important vitamins and minerals from your system, and you become malnourished as a result.
You need to be well nourished with healthy vitamins and minerals from real food in order to burn fat! Your nutrient-rich Personal Trainer Food way of eating supports your body so it can burn the most fat possible.
Alcohol works as an anti-nutrient in a few other ways. It interrupts protein synthesis, which is how your body builds and repairs valuable lean muscle and tissues like skin, bones, organs and hair.
Once that important pathway is impaired by alcohol, it decreases the amount of lean muscle mass you have. The more lean muscle you have, the more fat your body can burn. The more you block this pathway, the more fat you will store.
You don’t want to kill these important functions with alcohol!
3. Booze is a Binge-Trigger
Alcohol is a devilish trigger for binge-eating.
Alcohol drops your blood sugar and dehydrates your body at the same time. Separately, these two conditions are enough to make you feel hungry. When combined, their effect is magnified– you can’t help but crave something to eat. Have you ever noticed this effect after only one or two beers?
Once you hit that magic point where you are kind of hungry, kinda buzzed and your decision making is now kinda fuzzy– you hit the french fries or the bag of chips for an off-plan feeding frenzy.
Our Weight Loss Coaches love to have fun too, but they are way more interested in seeing you meet your goals. That’s why we have created this handy list of ways you can drink at your next party and still lose fat. Check it out!
Here’s the thing. You have made the decision to lose that fat for once and for all, and by eating Personal Trainer Food you are well on your way. Your meal plan is doing powerful work behind the scenes in your body that you may not be aware of, and alcohol is going to interrupt that.
Quite simply, alcohol– even just a little bit– will stall your fat-loss.
So the answer is and always be “If you have some weight to lose, you need to avoid alcohol.”
Hey, it’s just 28 days. You got this.
By avoiding booze and eating on plan, your body has quietly shifted from being a fat-hoarder to a lean, mean fat-burning machine. Right now, even as you are sitting here reading this article, your body is literally pulling the fat from your belly, thighs, waist (and all your other trouble areas) to burn for energy as you go about your day.
How cool is that?
P.S. Here is a non-alcoholic drink that will support fat loss as you celebrate fall– try a Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte with decaf coffee for a warming evening beverage to sip on with family and friends!
Jan is a 13-year veteran in the fitness industry and has personally coached and trained thousands of people to live fit and healthy lives around the world. 100 pounds ago, she knew exactly what it is like to be obese, sick and unhappy, feeling like there was nothing that could be done about the excess fat she had gained. That is why she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Personal Trainer Food team today. She has successfully and permanently lost the fat using the principles of this program.