Is your favourite alcoholic beverage affecting your weight-loss?
For many people around the world, alcohol is a means by which to relax and unwind after a long day or to socialise with friends. As long as it is consumed in moderation, it shouldn’t pose a problem, right? Well, for many people, this is true. But for those of you living the LCHF lifestyle, drinking alcohol has the potential to wreak havoc on your diets and possibly your waist-line too! Sugary mixers as well as the actual liquor itself is FULL of carbohydrates, and when you discover the effects your favourite cocktail or beer has on your body, you may want to consider giving them a wide berth!
The Science Behind It…
The sugar in our blood, known as blood glucose, is used for growth and energy. Blood glucose comes from the foods that we eat and the breakdown of glucose stored in our muscles. Normally, when your blood sugar experiences a significant rise or drop, your body has specific systems in place, and can respond accordingly.
Alcohol is considered a poison by your body! It can negatively impact blood sugar levels each time that it is consumed, regardless of how often! Research has shown that high consumption seriously affect body’s ability to regulate blood-sugar levels. Drinking as little as 2 ounces of alcohol on an empty stomach can lead to very low blood sugar levels. This makes alcohol an even bigger problem for anyone with diabetes.
The Lesser Evil – Which drinks are better for you, and which to stay FAR away from!
Often, what makes a mixed drink or cocktail so bad for you are the sugary mixers that they are served with. The use of fizzy cooldrinks, cordials, and even fruit juices means that your drink becomes jam-packed with sugar! And can have a serious effect on your blood-sugar and insulin levels. Beer is another obvious no-no, as it is packed with yeast which is also a carbohydrate.
If you decide to indulge in an alcoholic beverage, choose one that you can have with water, such as whiskey, or vodka with a freshly squeezed lemon. Not only are they much lower in carbohydrates, but you will keep hydrated at the same time. Red and white wines are also ok, as long as they are dry! Anything sweet is a BIG no-no!
Many beers now come in a LOW-CARB option, which is good news for beer-lovers!
At the end of the day, even if you are choosing low-carb alternatives, they all still contain alcohol, which has the same effects on the body as any other carbohydrate. On the other hand, Professor Tim Noakes himself has said that it is unrealistic to be excessivelty prescriptive about your diet! If you are relatively strict in terms of what you eat, and you try to choose lower carb-options, the odd drink or 2 here and there isn’t the end of the world.
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Stay keen and living the dream!
Until next time – K.P.x