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Alcohol and Weight Loss

Weight loss at its simplest comes down to calories in versus calories out. By consuming fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. Calories from alcoholic beverages are often overlooked because they’re not food, so you don’t always think about how many calories they contain. And once you’ve had a couple of drinks on a night out, your judgment is hampered, and you may not realize just how many you knock back. Calories from alcohol can be viewed as empty calories as they provide the body with no nutrients.


Alcoholic beverages contain an average of between 90 and 160 calories per serving, meaning regularly consuming only one drink per night could result in 630 to 1,120 calories per week. Sugary mixed drinks can contain considerably more calories, increasing weight gain more quickly. Since 3,500 calories are roughly equal to a pound of body weight, these numbers suggest that you could gain between 0.75 to 1.34 lbs. each month — or more, if you have a fondness for pina coladas, at 490 calories per drink. If you’re currently maintaining your weight, you could lose that amount of weight by cutting out alcohol consumption.

Fat Metabolism

In addition to the simple impact that the calories in a glass of wine or bottle of beer have on your waist, alcohol can also have unwanted metabolic effects. In the April 1992 “New England Journal of Medicine,” Dr. Paolo Suter and others published their findings that alcohol depresses the metabolism of fats by 33 to 57 percent during the 24 hours following consumption. This reduction in ability to oxidize fats promotes higher levels of fat storage and limits your body’s ability to use stored fats during workouts.


With the support of a healthy diet and exercise plan, as offered by Yeovil Personal Fitness Club, reducing alcohol intake will decrease your overall caloric intake, which will help you lose weight. Eliminating alcohol entirely on most days will have the additional impact of improving your body’s ability to metabolize stored fat and will reduce the amount of lipids that your body stores in the first place. These changes together can help you to lose weight fairly quickly, depending on the amount of alcohol you were previously drinking and the calories you took in.

Achievable Goals

If you’d prefer not to completely eliminate alcohol, consider limiting your consumption to only one or two days per week and just one or two drinks. You can also choose drinks with fewer calories, like light beer over regular beer and drinks mixed with club soda in place of sugary, fruity drinks. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle make a difference.

At Yeovil Personal Fitness Club we can help you achieve the weight loss you desire, call us today on 01935 706059 to find out more.

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