Can Alcohol and Fat Loss Mix?
For some people, a great night life is a must. This means wild parties, bars, cruises, and your typical "social scene" activities. Most people would prefer not to be the one sober person there either. It seems like one of the typical questions from people has to do with if they can still continue to lose fat while consuming alcohol. While there is no definitive answer to that, I will say that it is possible in doing so. However, it really isn't that easy.
First off, I will say that if you are in a caloric deficit, then you will be able to drop body fat. That is the golden rule, if you are a female, start with the female fat loss guide, that's a great place to start. However, as long as you're in a caloric deficit you can consume alcohol and still lose fat; however, limiting alcohol intake for some people can be a problem. Let's say that someone is putting themselves in a 500 calorie deficit each day. They consume all of their calories, and then they go out to the bars to have a few drinks. Just like that, the deficit that they were in is now erased, and they may even be in a surplus!
Let’s paint a picture, shall we? Alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram depending on your drink of choice. Here’s how many calories some of your favorite 'liquid courage' contain (they differ from brand to brand):.
And here are their equivalent in fats, protein, and carbs.
As you can see, it’s not hard to drink 500+ calories in a single night, that is why it is important to plan ahead if you can.
On days that you plan on going out, you can plan on limiting food intake for that day based on how much you plan on drinking that night, or you can go for foods that are filling and not calorie dense.
Also, I would recommend not drinking a lot more than once or twice per week. One beer is absolutely fine, but when we are talking about several beers in one night, then that would have damaging effects in terms of weight loss for most people.
Being able to go out, have fun with friends, and meet new people is a great thing; you shouldn't be a prisoner in your own home just because you have fat loss goals. If you don't care about going out then that's fine; most people will drive themselves crazy and could benefit from having fun and getting the dieting off of their minds.
Just keep your caloric intake totals in check, and you will continue to see solid body composition results.
Love this from DrinkAware, select the drinks you'd normally have on a night out and see how many calories you usually consume and what they are equivelent to:
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DM me your score on instagram, perhaps I'll throw a prize in the mix.
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