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How Does Alcohol Affect Weight Loss?

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Alcohol is considered part of almost any grown-up party. People talk over wine, shoot pool while drinking beer, and of course, lounge by the pool while sipping cocktails. If you have been trying to lose weight, however, these carefree drinks are not helping you attain your goal.

Any alcoholic beverage will have a certain amount of calories and carbs to it. People who are using the Atkins diet to lose weight will be very upset to hear that there are no such things as carb-free beers. Calorie counters will also be shocked to hear that some margarita drinks can run as many as 700 calories. It comes as no surprise to hear that many alcoholics are overweight. After all, people don’t call it a “beer gut” without reason.

If you are dieting, keep your alcohol to one drink per day. Low calorie beer (try the 64 calorie kind) will still have flavor, but won’t put on the pounds. Red wine and white wine are both low calorie options at around 80 calories per glass. Keep away from mixed drinks and sugary cocktails, since it’s hard to drink just one, and they often can be 200-400 calories per drink.

Your body processes alcohol before it processes carbs, fat, or protein. This means that fat burning will take a back seat to sobering up. Vodka drinks, though they do not have any carbs, still have calories and will still impede in fat burning. The bottom line is that drinkers will need to allow some “wiggle space” for the occasional drink, or just not drink at all. Your weight loss depends on it.

What do you drink when you’re trying to lose weight?


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Why Should We Drink More Water?

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So Why Should We Drink More Water?

Doctors keep trying to convince the average person that they need to drink more water. People often will try to increase their intake, or simply won’t listen. Why drink water if you don’t feel thirsty? The reasons why might shock you.

Even mild dehydration (which is virtually undetectable) can be the cause of many diseases. 90% of all body functions need water in order to happen. Water helps transport nutrients and vitamins to where they need to go.

Water also raises the metabolism. Believe it or not, water weight gain only happens when you are dehydrated. If you want to lose weight, drink up! Much of the hunger that people often experience is actually thirst. Before every meal, try to drink a glass of water to see if the hunger subsides. This makes weight loss even easier.

Water helps you regulate your body temperature before sports and heavy exercise. Without drinking water, you can overheat or suffer a heat stroke.

Water also helps carry out impurities and pathogens from your body. Not drinking water keeps them inside your body, where they will be more likely to cause harm to you.

The leading cause of daytime fatigue is actually dehydration. If you need more energy, drink water.

Water has been proven to alleviate back pain, reduce headaches, and even decrease the risk of many different kinds of cancers. This is the ultimate tool for disease prevention and pain reduction.

It also has been linked to better skin.

Lastly, the best reason to drink water is because without it, you cannot survive. A person can live for up to 30 days without food. The longest any human being has ever lived without water is 14 days. Think about what that means for your health and quality of life.

How much water do you drink in a day?

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