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Alcohol Weight Gain
YES: Have you ever heard of "beer belly"? Alcohol has lots of calories that your body does not need for nourishment, and it's easy to forget this when drinking. Here's an article & list: http://www.Medicinenet.Com/alcohol_and_nutrition/page3.Htm#weight the more sweet and exotic drinks are even more fattening than those listed here. ...Read more
Drink your calories: Alcohol contains calories and calories translate into pounds. 3500 calories equals on pound. So when you drink alcohol it goes directly toward your daily caloric intake. You can check the labels on your beer or other bottle drinks. You can look up calorie info on mixed drinks. Good rule of thumb is if you are trying to lose weight- dont drink your calories :). ...Read more
Even though i've stopped consuming empty calories from alcohol i've gained weight since quitting, why is this happening?
Depends: Alcohol has a carbohydrate effect & stimulates Insulin release which depresses blood sugar and stimulates hunger. Insulin release also turns off breakdown of fat as a backup energy source in the body. Over time this can lead to increased intake, quick deposition of energy as fat stores and eventual weight gain. The skinny alcoholic exists because they seldom spend money on food. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult: It would depend how much and how often one is drinking. This is a big sabotage to many people trying to loose weight. Obviously the more physically active the better, and the better one eats other than the drinking. ...Read more
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