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Why alcohol calories are more important than you think...

Successful weight loss is all about oxidizing (or burning), more
calories than you eat. When they go on a diet, many people choose
low-calorie alcoholic drinks, mainly because they contain fewer
alcohol calories than their regular counterparts.

However, drinking too much has a far more damaging effect than
you can predict simply by looking at the number of alcohol
calories in a drink. Not only does it reduce the number of fat
calories you burn, alcohol can increase your appetite and lower
your testosterone levels for up to 24 hours after you finish
drinking.

According to conventional wisdom, the infamous "beer belly" is
caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat. Yet, less
than five percent of the alcohol calories you drink are turned
into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the
amount of fat your body burns for energy.

Some evidence for this comes from research carried in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Eight men were given
two drinks of vodka and lemonade separated by 30 minutes. Each
drink contained just under 90 calories. Fat metabolism was
measured before and after consumption of the drink. For several
hours after drinking the vodka, whole body lipid oxidation (a
measure of how much fat your body is burning) dropped by a
massive 73%.

Rather than getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is
conversion into a substance called acetate. In fact, blood levels
of acetate after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than
normal. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes
on fat loss.

A car engine typically uses only one source of fuel. Your body,
on the other hand, draws from a number of different energy
sources, such as carbohydrate, fat, and protein. To a certain
extent, the source of fuel your body uses is dictated by its
availability.

In other words, your body tends to use whatever you feed it.
Consequently, when acetate levels rise, your body simply burns
more acetate, and less fat. In essence, acetate pushes fat to the
back of the queue.

So, to summarize and review, here's what happens to fat
metabolism after the odd drink or two.

- A small portion of the alcohol is converted into fat.

- Your liver then converts most of the alcohol into acetate.

- The acetate is then released into your bloodstream, and
replaces fat as a source of fuel.

The way your body responds to alcohol is very similar to the way
it deals with excess carbohydrate. Although carbohydrate can be
converted directly into fat, one of the main effects of
overfeeding with carbohydrate is that it simply replaces fat as a
source of energy. That's why any type of diet, whether it's
high-fat, high-protein, or high-carbohydrate, can lead to a gain
in weight.

The combination of alcohol and a high-calorie meal is especially
fattening, mainly because alcohol acts as a potent appetizer. A
Canadian study shows that an aperitif (an alcoholic drink taken
before a meal to increase the appetite) increased calorie intake
to a greater extent than a carbohydrate-based drink.

Not only does alcohol put the brakes on fat loss, it's also one
of the most effective ways to slash your testosterone levels.
Just a single bout of heavy drinking raises levels of the
muscle-wasting hormone cortisol and increases the breakdown of
testosterone for up to 24 hours. The damaging effects of
alcohol on testosterone are made even worse when you exercise
before drinking.

The effect of alcohol on testosterone could be one reason that
people who drink a lot carry less muscle. In fact, a 1993 study
shows that alcoholic men have bigger waists and smaller muscles
than teetotalers.

Although an alcohol-rich meal does increase your metabolic rate,
it also suppresses the number of fat calories your body burns for
energy far more so than meals rich in protein, carbohydrate, or
fat. While the odd drink now and again isn't going to hurt,
the bottom line is that alcohol and a leaner, stronger body just
doesn't mix.

To view this update on-line, visit:

http://thefactsaboutfitness.com/research/alcohol.htm
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I'm a social drinker who becomes a teetotaller when my social life diminishes. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I never drink, but this post is a good reminder why.
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Very informative. Another very good reason to stay away fromthe stuff. Thanks, Krypto!!!
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How much of an effect do you think a margarita at Hacienda will have on test levels and fatloss?
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Great post! Just a little anecdote of something that happened this week:
My youngest daughter (16) stayed over at a friends house and her mom said to a visitor that arrived there that evening: I can only drink wine, its the only thing that doesn't have sugar in it! This ofcourse made my daughter laugh and when asked to explain herself she said she did (reciting mommy!) The friends mother waved her remarks away and said how would you know and she replied: Because my mom KNOWS these things like her whole life! That made me chuckle! She said she didn't mean to be cheeky but she couldn't understand somebody saying that wine was ok dietwise. Unfortunately that lady is into low cal etc. (I have tried to educate but to no avail there)

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i never drink cuz i h8 the taste [img]/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Alcohol is bad for me because it makes me do stupid things like showing off at a party by deadlifting my boyfriend. Everyone was very impressed but I really hurt the next day, and not from the hangover!
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