The consumption of alcohol and fat loss has long been a controversial topic.
First, the BBC has rejected the "beer belly". Now, new research contradicts this: the consumption of liquor in men is associated with a life largest search circumference.The (published in Obesity) concludes:
However, high alcohol intake has been associated with abdominal obesity, which might explain the higher risk of diabetes previously observed in high alcohol consumers.
What is often overlooked is the large number of calories in alcoholic beverages. Tom Venuto provides 7 tips to think about if you want to include alcohol in your lifestyle.
Although you could certainly drink and "get away" if you diligently maintained your calorie deficit as noted above, does not help your cause fat loss or your nutritional status.
For weight maintenance for a lifetime and a healthy lifestyle, if you drink, do so in moderation and only occasionally, such as during the weekend or when you go out to dinner in restaurants. Binge drinking and getting drunk has no place in a fitness lifestyle (not to mention hangovers are not very conducive to good workouts).
Moderate drinking, including daily drinking, has been associated with cardiovascular health benefits. However, it is not advisable to drink every day, because behaviors repeated daily become habits. Behavior repeated several times a day habits become strong. Habitual drinking can lead to heavy drinking or real dependencies and can be hard to stop if you ever need to cut.
If you decide to have a bottle of beer or a glass of wine or two (or whatever moderation is for you), make sure to account for the alcohol in your daily calorie budget.
Do not let the "munchies" get control of you during or after you drink (Note to chicken wing and nacho-eating men. Correlation to alcohol and body fat is higher in men in almost all studies One possible explanation is that men tend to drink and eat, while women tend to drink instead of eating).
When drinking, watch the fatty foods in particular. A study by Angelo Tremblay in 1995 suggested that alcohol and a high fat diet are a combination that favors overfeeding.
If you choose to drink (moderately and sensitivity), so I do not feel guilty about it or beat yourself up afterwards, just enjoy the damn stuff, of course!
It may be all right to drink responsibly, but things are a little 'different when there is alcohol involved adolescents. So be aware of how alcohol may affect any children in the home as well.