What about alcohol?
Yup…it’s one of the first questions I am asked when I start working with a new client who wants to lose weight.
It’s a great question. And I usually ask how much alcohol are your drinking?
According to the CDC, if alcohol is consumed it should be in moderation. Moderate alcohol use for healthy women of all ages means up to one drink a day. Here are some examples of one drink:
- Beer: 12 fluid ounces
- Wine: 5 fluid ounces
- Distilled spirits (80 proof): 1.5 fluid ounces
So if you are having one drink a day, you don’t have much to worry about.
But what if you are having more than one a day, that might effect your desired results.
You see when you drink alcohol over the recommended daily allowance, as it metabolizes it creates fatty acids, which get stored as triglycerides.
The more you drink; the more triglycerides are produced, and those triglycerides enjoy storing themselves in your liver and fat cells.
Over-time, this causes inflammation, which your body sees as stress, which causes the release of hormones that triggers your metabolism to slow down.
So, what are you to do?
Well, your liver is amazing, and it will regenerate if you stop beating it up. It will naturally restore itself back to working order if you give it a break. Giving your liver a little respite from alcohol can reduce fat storage and tame inflammation. Add to that eating healthfully to support the process and you will be on your way to hitting the reset button on both your liver and metabolism.
In the end, how much alcohol you drink is up to you. But truth be told, if you really want to repair the symptoms of a sluggish metabolism and lose weight, maybe you should cap your alcohol intake to one a day.
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