Alcohol and keeping weight off
It is a common misconception that alcohol is one of the main causes of weight gain – just like anything else, it’s fine in moderation. XLS-Medical does not recommend you drink alcohol while dieting but for many people a glass of wine or a beer after work is a normal part of their routine. As long as you stay within the recommended weekly allowance (21 units for men and 14 units for women) there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a drink from time to time.
The flipside of this is that alcohol can contribute to weight gain if consumed too frequently or in too great a volume. If you have successfully managed to lose weight with the help of a healthy diet, active lifestyle and XLS Medical Fat Binder then keeping the weight off can be just as big a challenge.
Drinking alcohol in reasonable amounts is unlikely to have a drastic effect on your weight, but keeping one eye on how much you are consuming can help you keep your weight down. Alcohol is notoriously high in ‘empty’ calories (around 7 calories per gram) which have none of the nutritional value that normal foods deliver through fats, proteins and carbohydrates. This also means that alcohol doesn’t satisfy hunger like normal foods do, possibly leading you to carry on drinking contributing to an increasing calorie count.
It’s easy to lose track.
As you are out socialising with friends or relaxing at home, it is easy to forget how quickly the calories can add up, especially as your inhibitions are lowered and you become tempted by savoury snacks to accompany your drink. One drink often leads to another and before you know it, you have drunk up to half of your daily calorie allowance. Our bodies are not able to process alcohol in an efficient way which is why it is instantly converted to energy instead storing it for later in the form of fat.
So what should I drink?
Anything you want - provided it is in moderation. If you want to be particularly carb-conscious, try to avoid cocktails as these are often loaded with sugars, and if using mixers, ask for diet versions instead of standard ones. Sip your drinks to make them last longer and always have food in your stomach before you begin so you feel fuller beforehand. By all means enjoy a drink from time to time and enjoy yourself, but remember the effect it can have on your waistline. For more information on weight loss and your diet, check out our healthy eating section for some useful tips.