Why Combining Alcohol and Weight Loss Efforts Is Like Throwing Everything Down the Gutter: In general, alcohol and weight loss do not go very well together. However, the reality is not that cruel. Alcohol is, normally, not good for your body, but a glass a day is not harmful.
For instance, some scientists and doctors recommend a glass of red wine per day, as it has the capability of reducing and stabilizing blood pressure.
Why Alcohol and Weight Loss Are Considered Enemies: Alcohol does not contain fats and carbohydrates and it does not require digestion. However, it does slow down the process of absorbing proteins, fats and carbohydrates, since, as your body views it as a contaminant, it focuses its attention on it, leaving food aside. This is bad during a weight loss diet, because your body does not act immediately in order to digest and destroy the bad calories in your body, but it focuses on the alcohol.
Alcohol and weight loss do not go well together if you drink on an empty stomach, since the alcohol goes to your liver and brain really fast, making you dizzy and tired enough not to be able to exercise, or to feel bad after exercising. As your liver focuses on the alcohol you pump into your body, your body gets tired and reduces the process of breaking down nutrients, carbohydrates and fats, letting them to be converted to body fat, making it harder to exercise and get rid of them. More than that, alcohol causes dehydration and loss of minerals which are vital in the process of shaping your muscles, as well as in easing muscle contraction and recreation; plus, it also affects your sleep.
Replacing Alcohol with Green Tea: You might choose alcohol for its taste, you might like to drink it when socializing with your gym friends or with your colleagues after work. Whatever your reasons, hydration is not among them, for sure. Hence, you could try and replace alcohol with something different, such as green tea. Green tea is available everywhere, from shops to cafés, pubs and restaurants, can be enjoyed both as a hot or cold beverage, can come in different flavors – like combinations with mint and lemon – and it brings about multiple advantages. Contrary to alcohol, it detoxifies your body, it hydrates you, it makes you feel lighter and it helps your organism cope with the weight loss exercises.
Sure, you might not be ready to give up alcohol just yet, and abstinence might not be for you, but, instead of getting furious about having to abstain from alcohol, you could drink it moderately. One glass per day, preferably long before or after your exercises and not in combination with foods containing high carbs or fats, should be ok. It is even better if you do not do this every day, and it becomes great if you combine drinking alcohol with drinking a lot of green tea throughout the rest of the day. This way, you make sure you are hydrated enough and that alcohol is not taking over your system. Hence, alcohol and weight loss might not be exactly friends, but, if you have enough will and a sense of moderation next to your cup of green tea, you should be able to get by with both of them.