Can Drinking Alcohol Cause Weight Gain?

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As another weekend comes to an end and I think back on the alcohol that I have consumed. I wonder just how I much I would weigh or indeed whether I would ever need to watch my weight if I hadn't had so much to drink. As I reflect on this on a Monday morning, yet again I say to myself right that is it I am not drinking for the rest of the week and will only have a drink at the weekend. I do wonder though if this is really doing me any good as every weekend I seem to be going slightly mad on the drinking front! Right, let us start again after all it is a new week, so it is back to the healthy me and the exercise and eating that keeps me in shape.

Then I find myself wondering. Does drinking alcohol actually mean that I will put on weight? So it is on to Google to find out. To my surprise what I read is completely the opposite to what I thought.
Yes alcohol does contain calories but, according to scientific medical research, drinking alcohol does not contribute to weight gain. What I also read was that for some women drinking alcohol can lead to a small reduction in weight. Although I really don't see this as the way to lose weight.

So why does alcohol not increase your weight? Here are a few reasons that have been found out from research done:

1. Alcohol energy is not efficiently used
2. It appears the increase metabolic rate significantly, thus causing more calories to be burned rather than stored in the body as fat.
3. Consumption of sugar to decrease as consumption of alcohol increases.

Quite naturally the nutritional value of each drink does vary. However alcoholic beverages contain no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium.

Research has found that for a longer healthier life moderate drinking is the way to go rather than not drinking at all, or heavy drinking. Of course common sense tells us that heavy drinking can cause conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver, breast cancer, and other health problems. What makes me curious is, if alcohol does not relate to weight gain. How come a lot of people in particular men have rather large stomachs? So off I go again trawling through Google to see what I can find. Apparently there is very strong relation between alcohol consumption, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio. High alcohol consumption is very closely identified with stomach body fat and not your overall body mass.

The down side of having a lot of abdominal fat, apart from the fact it is not exactly nice to look at is it can cause a serious health risk. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high blood lipids, glucose intolerance and elevated insulin levels.

My curiosity is now satisfied. Drinking will not mean I will put on weight. However excessive drinking can cause excess fat on my stomach. All in all the main thing I need to remember is drinking in moderation is the key.

So for me it is back to eating healthy, well most of the time anyway. Couple with a good exercise plan.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28