Alcohol’s Calorie Content
Since optimal calorie input-out put is the cornerstone for weight and fat loss, this is an important issue. Many wine, beer and liquor indulgers don’t see alcohol in terms of calories. The truth is alcohol is very calorie dense. Its calorie density supersedes that of protein and carbohydrates and is second only to fat. Make it a large mixed drink and in some cases you can have a meal.
Alcohol and the French Paradox
The French people eat very high fat diets yet heart disease does not plague their society as it does ours. Science and research has pinpointed the culprit to this paradox as being the French people’s high consumption of wine. Many people in our society consume wine for this reason alone thinking the benefit is derived partly from the alcohol. Although wine is in fact the culprit, the alcohol plays no role whatsoever. The true hero is the grape seed, which contains a very powerful antioxidant. There are several grape seed extract supplements available like proflavonal that provides the same antioxidant benefits without the calories in alcohol.
Alcohol Consumption Quotas
Individual daily consumption of alcohol ranges from an 8oz glass of wine, a 12 oz can of beer or a shot of liquor to a bottle of wine, a six pack of beer or a quart of liquor or more. This has a profound impact on the amount of calories consumed. Those in the higher consumption ranges are not good candidates for having alcohol as a normal part of their eating regiment.
The Intoxicating Effects
When we are slightly intoxicated our inhibitions diminish. This leaves us open to overindulge. Add a few non-supportive friends, a festive moment, great food and we know the conclusion to this scenario. This is from first hand experience.
Life is meant to be enjoyed. For many that means consuming alcohol. It is also difficult to enjoy life when we hate our bodies. I hope this article has been helpful, but the final decision is yours. Only when it is your final decision is there true self-empowerment.