Trying to lose weight but the scale isn’t moving? Or worse, it’s going up?!? If you consume alcohol, even moderately, this could be your sneaky saboteur.
To be clear, unwanted weight gain isn't the only downside of occasional drinking. Additionally, just one night of binge drinking can weaken your immune system, making it much easier for you to get sick — and no, we’re not just talking about hangover. Organ failure, bone thinning, brain shrinkage, sexual dysfunctions (yep, went there), malnutrition, stomach cramps, diarrhea and muscle cramps are included as well.
Let’s do the math…
12-ounce beer 153 calories.
Glass of wine 125 calories
16 oz Frozen margarita 300 calories
Martini 127 calories
Shots average 97 calories
Had more than one? Ooops. Still, that might seem like a small price to pay for a bit of weekend fun. "I'm only having a few on the weekends," you might think, "It's not a big deal." Well, we hate to break it to you, but your gut might feel otherwise, especially over an extended period of time.
And because the reasoning center of your brain has shut down, add in any late night meals or snacks you had. At this point, you’ve likely consumed about a half day’s worth of calories or more, with absolutely no nutritional value.
If you’re serious about your fitness and health (like we hope you are!), replace alcohol and related activities with a more productive lifestyle while still maintaining the FUN factor!
Cheers to your health!