I am wondering if any one has any info on alcohol and if it makes you actually gain weight. I have been reading on it and it sounds to me that the actuall weight gain comes from eating after drinking and that in fact drinking makes most women loose weight due to a rise in metabolism and more cals being burnt. I read this all on a web site which I will go back and get there info and post it so you can read what I read. So to end this does any one have any different info. I am asking all of this cause I am a 24 year old who enjoys going out on the weekends. I am trying to loose a couple lbs though so if the alcohol cause weight gain then I will put a stop to it.
I was listening to a radio health program the other day and this very issue was raised... according to the dr's on this program, alcohol depresses the metabolism, thereby slowing calorie burning. In addition alcohol (with the exception of vodka, I think) is high in calories, high in sugar and high in CARBS... basically empty calories which turn into FAT pretty easily! Hope that helps!
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I read that you body basically burns three things...fat, carbs and alcohol... alcohol gets burned first so if there is any in your system, then your body is going to concentrate on that after it is gone it burns carbs...then fat. that is how atkins is supposed to work, but giving your body low carbs so it can get to the fat quicker. the alcohol in the long run doesnt have an effect on metabolism but will slow it down while there is alcohol in your system.
Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. It's hard to lose with a calorie source such as that, unless the calories are going down somewhere else. There is some evidence to suggest that drinking alcohol may be good for you, but it should be in moderation, the risks may outweigh the benefits, and the benefits are unlikely to be healthy weight loss.
Hi JenniScott! The Atkins Diet is a re-version of the old "drinking man's diet" that's been around for ages, only now there is scientific backing on it, thanks to Dr Atkins. I started the old atkins diet back in the early '70's. I was 19-20 years old at the time. I liked to party and go to the bars with my friends. Drinking age back then was 18. But I wanted to lose a little weight while still be able to go out to the bars with my friends. So, the basics of the "drinking man's diet" was eat all you want, just eat no or very little carbs. Drink as much as you want, just make your drink of choice is "no carb" like whiskey and diet 7up or diet sprite, rum and diet coke, etc. Check the carbs on the booze and mix with a diet mix. Add a lot of dancing on those nights off and yes, you will lose weight. Ever hear the phrase,
"candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" ? Bad thing about going out on a low carb diet and then drinking on it especially at your age, you'll get a hangover, and those hangovers will give you the carb munchies bad.
Also, even though drinking lowcarb drinks don't stall the Atkins or make you gain weight, it actually slows the weightloss process because your body will burn alcohol for energy instead of burning fat if it is given a choice.
Some say the glass is half empty, other say it's half full.
My only concern is who the heck is drinking my beer???