Lose Belly Fat By Eliminating Alcohol Intake

Lose Belly Fat By Eliminating Alcohol Intake

I’m always surprised when the first thing a new client asked me who starts my nutrition program is if they can drink alcohol. And the cold hard truth is what we already know that it’s going to negatively affect your health along with your fat loss efforts. Some of the main reasons why alcohol isn’t going to help you lose fat is because it contains a lot of calories and it’s carbohydrate rich. Not to mention your body treats alcohol as a toxin and it can put a lot of stress on your liver as it tries to process it.

Alcohol packs a big calorie punch with 7 calories per gram while other carbs are only 4 calories per gram. Most alcoholic drinks are derived from a starchy or sugary carbohydrate source such as grapes, barley, wheat and even potatoes. And if you made it this far then you’ll know these carbs are strictly off limits if you’re trying to burn belly fat.

Also we all know alcohol consumption leads to more alcohol consumption because most people can’t stop once it hits their lips. After quite a few number of drinks McDonald’s and Taco Bell instantly sound much more better than salmon and broccoli. And even worse you’ll see people drink those sugary drinks which will also mess with your blood sugar levels and cause you to put on even more belly fat.

If you have to drink try to limit it to once per week on your cheat day and try not to go buck wild. Stay away from beer, sugary drinks and champagne as they’ll tend to be the worse for you and pack on the most stomach fat. If you absolutely have to drink then go with a red wine such as a cabernet sauvignon, merlot or pinot noir. The red wine at least has some phytonutrients such as resveratrol along with having the benefits of lower sugar content.

Ideally you’ll completely eliminate alcohol from your diet but I know that’s not realistic. Always try to do some damage control by eating healthier foods to fill up your stomach so hopefully you won’t pig out on fast food later in the evening. Alcohol is really nothing be empty calories and your body ultimately treats it like a poison. If you’re serious about trying to lose belly fat then getting rid of your alcohol consumption should be a high priority for you even if this means not hanging around friends who regularly drink.

The author of this article on how to lose belly fat�is a certified personal trainer from the American Council on Exercise. If you enjoyed this article you might also want to check out his other article on 31 ways to lose belly fat.

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