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Alcohol And Weight Gain
  • Arati Shah

  • 16, Dec. 2022

Alcohol And Weight Gain

Alcohol has been a comfort for many in the current pandemic. Stress has been a contributing factor to it. This coupled with the fact that the eating habits in the current pandemic have been compromised has led to weight gain in a large number of people. Considering a weight management program to initiate weight loss should be an option. But have you ever wondered how alcohol is linked to weight gain? So, let’s understand how “just a drink” can sow the seeds for obesity: 

  1. Alcoholic beverages are sources of empty calories, meaning they have no nutritional value. A gram of alcohol has 7 calories which arealmost as much as the calories provided by a gram of fat - 9 calories. 

  1. Now, if you are having a mixer added to your alcoholic beverage then the intake of calories especially from sugar are high. 

  1. Let us now talk about the snacks or food consumed with alcohol.As alcohol makes you feel more hungrier you are likely to eat more and also choose the wrong fried foods which all contribute to weight gain. The choice of foods tends to be wrong as you are not clearly thinking after you would have added a couple of glasses of alcohol.  

  1. Too much alcohol tends to bring in lethargy and more sedentary behaviour. This is a risk factor for weight gain. 

  1. Ever wondered what alcohol does to your liver? Since, liver metabolizes alcohol, excess alcohol tends to cause accumulation of fat in the liver. This is called as the fatty liver disease which is a serious condition as it can reduce thefunctions of the liver in the cirrhotic stage.  

Besides weight gain, alcohol has deleterious effects on the various organs of the body. Enjoying an occasional drink is not harmful. It is the excessthat causes all the damage which happens very often at social gatherings. Here are few tips that one should follow while drinking: 

  1. Drink plenty of water: At a social gathering for every glass of alcoholic beverage you consume, drink a glass of water. This will keep you hydrated while drinking and you will tend to drink less. 

  1. Eat before you drink: Eating something fibrous and a protein rich diet will help in controlling blood sugar levels and also provide satiety that can help in curbing binge eating cravings with alcohol. 

  1. Avoid having cocktails or drinks with sodas or colas. This helps you in cutting down the additional calories that leads to weight gain. Always drink in moderation. 

  1. The best approach would be to plan your limit in advance and stick to it. You are likely to take wiser decisions then than what you would under the influence of alcohol.  

One can have a good time and at the same time keep a watch on the waistline too. If excess weight is a concern, the best dietitian online consultations are available to help you lose weight in a healthy and practical manner.