What Does Booze Do To Your Weight Loss And Health?

The saying, “you can’t have too much of a good thing” is something we hear all of the time. And time after time, we see studies showing the benefits of moderate alcohol on some aspects of health. It can lower blood pressure, helping with the heart and stress, which we all know is a huge taxation on our bodies. But, let’s just take a closer look at what more than just a few glasses of wine a week could do. We look at what more than moderate alcohol can have on someone who is trying to lose weight, or even on their health long term.

5 Effects Booze Has on the Body

  1. Weight Gain – A 2003 study supports that that increased alcohol consumption caused weight gain and even obesity in men. This isn’t a hard concept to grasp because most of us do not factor in liquid calories day to day. Especially calories that come up unexpectedly, like a friend offering to catch up over a glass of wine. But alcohol has a lot of calories in it, and can easily put you over the amount you need for the day.Alcohol also inhibits our decision making when we drink too much. That means that often we can make bad decisions after drinking on what we should be eating, or give into cravings that we normally wouldn’t [1].
  2. Liver Cancer – Alcohol causes cirrhosis of the liver in people who are considered heavy drinkers. This, in turn, can lead to developing cancer. Your liver is important to detoxifying your body and keeping all toxins out. Your liver is also important in fat bringing for your body, and clogging it up with alcohol means that it won’t be taking out other toxins and working for weight loss for you [2].
  3. Ulcers – Gastritis is chronic inflammation, irritation, and erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can lead to peptic ulcers. Unfortunately, ongoing alcohol consumption can cause irritation and inflammation that can lead to gastritis. Even worse, someone who has gastritis and peptic ulcers can worsen the conditions when drinking heavily. Your stomach is key in helping break down and absorbs vitamins and minerals from your food, so damage and inflammation could be standing in the way of actually getting the vital components of food to your body [3].
  4. Heart Disease – There have been so many studies showing a consistent link between moderate alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease. The only other stronger link between the substance and a disease is smoking and lung cancer. On top of countless studies that show this link, the studies show the correlation in both animal and human tests. Aside from the damaging effects that alcohol has on, these studies also found that it damaged skeletal tissue [4].
  5. Weak Bones – The fact that many older adults are facing deteriorating bones in an age where it seems like everything is fortified with calcium is alarming. Bone is living tissue that continues to grow and replace itself even after we become adults. Long-term alcohol consumption can interfere with this process and can lead to decreased bone density. Even short-term alcohol use can lead to PTH [(parathyroid hormone)] secretion which draws calcium from the bones [5].

Overall there are a lot of health risks associated with consuming too much alcohol. Even postmenopausal women are at higher risk of breast cancer and studies show that decreasing alcohol intake can decrease risk [6]. Of course accidents and alcoholism are two other risks that also are affected by the consumption of too much alcohol. Instead of fearing alcohol, it’s important to realize that a little bit goes a long way, and not having the recommended safe amount of drinks, for women, one and for men, two [7]. We know socially there are times that it’s great to cheers and its ok to have a little, just remember that long term you have better control of your health if you make sure to keep it just once in a while.

However, we understand that drinking does happen, especially when you are placed in social situations. If this happens and you do drink, here are some tips to help limit yourself and make healthier choices. If you drink, go for a red wine or a clear liquor with water and lemon or lime. If you do drink, the key here is moderation, so try to stick to one drink. If you feel the social pressure to drink more or want to avoid the “why aren’t you drinking” question, switching from the clear liquor and water, to plain water, won’t raise questions about your sudden cutoff.

If you are going to go for wine, try to get a wine that is paleo approved, such as the ones provided by Dry Farm Wines. In fact, we have all seen the studies talking about the health benefits of wine. However, all wines are not created equal and many of the wines that you find in the grocery store can be just as bad as liquor or beer, canceling out any benefits you may have been hoping to get. This means, with the right kind of wine, you don’t have to cut all booze out forever.

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