The Friday night beer.
The Saturday afternoon glass of chardonnay.
The Sunday evening whisky.
The White Claw on the boat this summer.
Social and occasional drinking is a large part of many people’s diet and their lives. For good or bad, it is a part of the game.
The question here is, how exactly does it affect our ability to lose weight?
Well the answer here is actually fairly simple.
Alcohol consumption can affect your weight loss, but it doesn’t have to.
Here is what we know.
Consuming alcohol sort of puts the brakes on burning stored body fat for energy, but this is only temporary and doesn’t make a huge difference for your overall fat loss efforts if you are in a calorie deficit.
In fact, you will absolutely lose weight in a calorie deficit, even with moderate alcohol consumption.
The flip side of this is that alcohol consumption can change your eating habits.
Often times, social drinking leads to overeating due to the social environment around high-calorie foods as well as the reduced inhibitions that come from drinking.
How to lose weight while drinking.
Ok, so let’s take these two key points and generate some principles on how to lose weight while drinking.
1) Keep drinking moderate.
2) Track your alcohol intake and keep it within your calorie allotment.
3) Minimize alcohol induced food intake as it can increase total calorie intake above and beyond calorie allotment.