Thursday, November 17, 2011

Alcohol how much should I drink?

Alcohol consumption will eventually lead to weight gain and is detrimental for health,

Our bodies are designed to burn easy fuel first, Alcohol is easy fuel.

The focus of fat or carbohydrate metabolism moves to alcohol metabolism, so results in slowing down of fat burning and increased weight gain unless you are extremely active and exercise daily.

Plus alcohol is empty calories literally no nutritive value: My recommendation is avoid it but if you cant here is better way to deal with this.

1. Big Question is how much is okay:

1 drink for woman and 2 drinks for men is safe though safety is foggy since sticking to low is not easy once you start drinking

what is heavy or high-risk drinking?
Heavy or high-risk drinkingg is the consumption of more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 per week for women and more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 per week for men.

what is binge drinking? Binge drinking
is the consumption within 2 hours of 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men.
This can lead to pancreas inflammation and liver cirrhosis.

2. Try to limit to weekends(find something better to do when the craving kicks in like go for a jog or call a friend, go watch a movie).

3.Try to have melatonin start at 3 mg at night if curbing alcohol makes you lose sleep.

4. Avoid sweet alcoholic drinks its double damage to body weight,

5. Better choices are :Vodka with lime/club soda or caffeine free diet coke, a glass of red wine (though more can be fattening),bourbons,single malt.

6. Space out your drink go slow.

7. Always eat early if you plan to drink any night(remember the metabolism concept mentioned above).

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