How Alcohol Is Affecting Your Weight Loss Plan

How Alcohol Is Affecting Your Weight Loss Plan

There have been studies suggesting that some level of alcohol can have health benefits, but alcohol also plays a major role in weight management. If you are looking to find ways to help lose weight along with eating healthy and exercising you might want to consider cutting out alcohol. Here are some of the ways that alcohol is affecting your weight management.

Alcohol is often considered as empty calories, meaning that alcoholic drinks, especially those with added soda or fruit juice contains calories but very little nutrients.

Alcohol can affect your organs. Primarily the liver since its purpose is to filter any foreign substances that enter your body and alcohol consumption can lead to alcoholic fatty liver. This can damage your liver which affects the way your body metabolizes and stores carbohydrates and fats, in turn this will make it difficult for your body to lose weight.

A study found that alcohol affects the levels of hormones, specifically testosterone, and those levels can predict the possibility of metabolic syndrome in men. Metabolic syndrome can cause high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels and a high body mass index.

Research has suggested that consumption of alcohol can lead to increased periods of wakefulness during sleep cycles. Lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in hormones related to hunger, satiety and energy storage. All of which can affect how and when you lose weight.

While you may not want to completely cut alcohol out of your diet cutting back on your consumption can benefit your weight loss plan as well as your over all health.

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