Weight loss tip of the week #3

You’re not going to like this one bit—we’ve got some bad news when it comes to some of your favourite post-work bevvies. Alcohol is one of the biggest diet downfalls and not for all the obvious reasons.

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Besides the age-old warnings that having a drink lowers your inhibitions when it comes to making food decisions, alcohol also inhibits your ability to process fat. According to Harley Pasternak‘s book, The Body Reset Diet, when we drink, our liver has to work extra hard to create the enzymes necessary to metabolize alcohol. And when it’s working on that it’s not creating the enzymes necessary to burn fat.

While red wine in small portions has been proven to be good for your heart and health, generally, more than one glass can cause more harm than good.

If you are going to imbibe, here’s a calorie breakdown of your drinks: 

4 oz glass of wine = 80 calories

12 oz bottle of beer = 150 calories

1 oz gin, whiskey, vodka, rum = 65 calories

3.5 oz cocktail or martini = 150 calories

And remember, it’s not just what you drink itself, it’s the foods you have with it and your body’s ability to burn fat while you’re doing it.

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