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To Drink or Not To Drink?

Many of us enjoy the occasional drink, but did you know that alcohol can interfere with the body’s ability to burn fat - slowing weight loss down or stalling it altogether?

Pure alcohol itself has no carbohydrates and no glucose is produced when alcohol is broken down by the body, so ketosis (fat burning) is not affected. However, the body will not burn fat whilst there is alcohol in the system. Any fat eaten while there in alcohol in your system will be stored as body fat. Alcohol stays in the body for several hours after it has been consumed so the fat burning process will be suspended during that time.

Drinking can also weaken your willpower and lead to bingeing on high carb foods, which will halt ketosis. Once you are out of ketosis it can take the body up to three days to get back in.

There is also a serious side to not drinking whilst the body is in ketosis. Alcohol may make one drink affect you like two or three drinks. This is particularly important for people who might be driving or are already sensitive to alcohol.

Drinking whilst in ketosis can also cause terrible hangovers. Abstaining from drinking is the best option for more consistent weight loss. If avoiding alcohol is impossible, moderation is the key.

If you are going to be in a situation where people will be drinking and you are tempted to join in, decide before attending if you will drink, how much and what. Ensure you eat properly beforehand – drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is never a good idea.

If you decide that you are not going to drink at all while losing weight, be wary of announcing it to everyone you meet, as people often enjoy trying to sabotage good intentions. You can choose use any socially acceptable excuse, such as being the designated driver, or not feeling very well!