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Top tips to help go Sober in October


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16/11/2017

Top tips to help go Sober in October

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey
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If you’re planning on taking part in Sober for October (www.soberinoctober.org.uk) the article below might just help to keep you on track.  If you ever wondered how why you haven’t lost weight, when you’ve eaten like a sparrow all day with one tiny glass of wine with dinner, here might be the answer.

How does alcohol affect weight loss

Alcohol is one of the worst culprits when it comes to slowing down weight loss because it disrupts the delicate balance of nutrition, fluid and hormones needed to lose fat.

Alcohol boosts cortisol, a fat-creating hormone

Alcohol increases the body’s release of cortisol – the hormone that breaks down muscle and retains fat.  As muscle burns off more calories than fat any loss leads to lower metabolism, making it easier to gain weight.

The body considers alcohol to be a poison (hence the morning after feeling) it does everything it can to get rid of it from the system .

To do this it turns off our fat burning ability, the liver breaks down fat, but when it’s busy  processing that glass of wine, it can’t deal with the fat you’ve eaten so metabolism is cut by each and every glass of wine you have. Fat metabolism can be reduced by as much as 73 percent after only two drinks in a one-hour time period.  Alcohol shuts down the body’s ability to access fat stores for energy.

Alcohol interferes with all sources of glucose and the hormones needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  Regular drinking increases the production of insulin, causing low blood sugar levels, giving the craving for carbohydrates and sweets..

Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can decrease insulin’s effectiveness, resulting in high blood sugar levels. One study showed that 45% to 70% of people with liver disease caused by alcohol were also glucose intolerant or diabetic..

Alcohol stimulates the appetite

Alcohol is an appetizer, so that glass of wine whilst cooking can mean you eat much more when you sit down to eat.  There is a definite link between the amount of alcohol drank before a meal and the amount of food eaten and this increases when you drink beer or wine with your food.

Alcohol causes the brain to release dopamine, the pleasure and addiction hormone, the result is an often addictive desire for more alcohol and food, meaning more calories.

It affects the sexes differently.

Alcohol causes a drop in testosterone in men, a hormone which helps burn fat and leads to the increase of oestrogen, sometimes even causing cellulite and the dreaded mobs.

For women this increased level of oestrogen leads to weight gain particularly around the midriff, cutting it out can help to give you that waistline back.

Alcohol is high in calories

Alcohol supplies empty calories. With the large glasses we buy it’s easy to drink 300 ml of wine quickly to follow, with over 200 calories per glass.

The body needs to be well-hydrated in order to build muscle and burn fat. Alcohol has the effect of dehydrating the body

Weight loss and regular drinking of alcohol just don’t work, even if you go without all week and then drink at the weekend, you’ll probably find that you put the weight back on and even more.  To starve through the day and have a drink in the evening will ruin all your hard work.  The best thing is to cut it out until you’ve got down to your desired weight and then drink moderately.

Drink Serving Calories Protein Carbs Fat Fibre Alcohol
Bacardi and Diet Coke

275ml

52

0

2.8

0

0

11

Baileys Irish Cream

37ml

130

1.2

7.4

5.8

0

5.2

Brandy

35ml

72

0

0

0

0

10.4

Carlsberg Export Larger

440ml

189

1.5

17.6

0

1.5

17.4

Champagne

120ml

89

0.4

1.6

0

0

11.6

Draught Beer

568ml

182

1.7

13.1

0

0

17.6

Dry Sherry

50ml

58

0.1

0.7

0

0

7.9

Dry White Wine

120ml

77

0.1

0.7

0

0

10.6

Fosters Lager

568ml

227

0

17.6

0

0

22

Gin

35ml

72

0

0

0

0

10.4

Gordons Premixed Gin and Tonic

250ml

213

0

16.7

0

0

25

Guinness

568ml

210

1.9

18.2

0.3

0

23.9

Magners Cider

284ml

105

0

5.7

0

0

12.8

Medium Sherry

50ml

58

0.1

3

0

0

6.7v

Medium White Wine

120ml

87

0.1

3.5

0

0

10.4

Rose Wine

120ml

83

0.1

2.9

0

0

10.2

Scotch Whiskey

35ml

78

0

0

0

0

11.1

Strongbow Dry Cider

375ml

161

0

12.8

0

0

18.8

Sweet Sherry

50ml

68

0.2

3.5

0

0

7.8

Tips to get through the first few days.

The first 48 hours are the worst, so here are some tips to help to get you through them.

Don’t have alcohol in the house and if your partner is supportive, it’s so much easier.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you’re not dehydrated in the evening. Often we ‘need’ that glass of wine to quench our thirst, if you’re already hydrated you won’t miss it quite so much.

Do something different, go for a walk or go to the cinema at the time that you would normally be tempted.

Try different juices, smoothies and soft drinks, check out the mocktails at http://www.gosober.org.uk/tools/mocktail-recipes/ they won’t have the same kick but you will be bouncing with health.

You won’t miss the hangovers, your skin and eyes will be clearer and you will lose a few lbs– go on give it a go and www.gosorber.org.uk.

Good luck

You can find out more tips and advice for healthy eating in our free e book at http://beskinnydrinkme.com



About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection





 
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