Sunday, August 19, 2012


How Alcohol Makes You Fat

- Alcohol first passes through the esophagus as it travels to your stomach
- From there, 20% of the alcohol is absorbed immediately by your bloodstream. The remaining alcohol travels to your intestines and is absorbed from there.
- The alcohol in your bloodstream then travels directly to your liver. It is here that the body breaks the alcohol down, something that is absolutely essential since alcohol is toxic to the body.
- Alcohol brakes down into acetate and acetaldehyde which IMMEDIATELY signals to your body to stop burning fat. Even worse, another waste product of alcohol, acetyl CoA, actually starts to make more fat.
What Does this Mean?

- Your body can only effectively process 0.5 to 1 ounce of alcohol per hour
- How much damage? A 12 ounce beer contains about 0.6 ounces of alcohol. If you consumed 5 of these, your body would be inhibited from fat burning for up to 6 hours. This is aside from the fact that your body will actually be storing fat during these 6 hours! The more you drink, the longer your body is inhibited from burning fat in addition to a greater fat build up from excess acetyl CoA. As you can see, one day of binge drinking can set you back days if not a full week when it comes to fat loss!
- What’s the worst case scenario? Mixing alcohol with sugary beverages promotes even further fat gain due to the resulting insulin surge that triggers fat storage (ex: regular beer or cocktails mixed with regular soda and/or fruit juice)

The Bottom Line
If you want the most rapid and lasting fat loss around:


If you must drink:

a.) Choose wine or hard liquor (don’t contain carbs) and “light” beer
b.) Limit alcohol consumption to 1-2 days per week and 1-2 drinks max per day

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Jeff McDaniel
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