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  • Writer's pictureThe Slim Habit

Tipple, tipple....topple!

We make choices based on our likes and dislikes. We choose to do something because we have facts that influence our decision, but we sometimes make some bizarre choices and stupid decisions. In fact, it’s said that most of us take decisions based on 5% of the available information. No wonder we get ourselves into a mess.

The first thing to understand about alcohol is that it is stuffed full of calories. All nutrients have different calorific values. Proteins and carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram. At has 9 calories per gram and alcohol has 7 calories per gram, nearly as much as fat!

If you’re trying to lose weight then you should also be aware that alcohol stimulates your appetite. If you’re trying to lose weight the last thing you need is a stimulated appetite. It also removes inhibitions and melts your resolve… ‘one more cookie won’t hurt’ and you’re on the way to trashing all your efforts to lose weight.

He truth about alcohol is that your body thinks it’s a poison and does all it can to get it out of your system as quickly as possible. How? It metabolises alcohol before anything else; 80% of it is metabolised by your liver – as fat. Yes, alcohol DOES make you fat and the fat it makes is the bad, pro-inflamatory, visceral variety, the fat that appears on your belly.

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