If you are experiencing a plateau in your fitness, and it seems to be weighing on you in general, it is wise to evaluate your eating, drinking, sleeping, and exercising habits. Today being Friday – what better day to evaluate whether or not alcohol consumption is causing you fat loss plateau.
I am 42 years old, keeping myself to the allowed calorie intake and doing a daily 30-40 minute run. I also play tennis at least 2-3 hours a week.
My weakness however is that at the end of the day I enjoy a glass or two of wine. Does this harm? My goal is not to loose much weight as I am at the weight that I want to be, more to get that belly fat away.
What effect does 2 glasses of wine each day have on belly fat?
“Be sure to account for the calories. Each 6 oz glass of wine is about 120 calories, making two glasses 240. Given that you exercise daily and are sticking to the ‘allowed calorie intake’ (decided by… what? The site? Your program? What?), 240 calories probably isn’t a deal-breaker.”
Though red wine has heart health benefits—the tannins & reservatrol are the beneficial antioxidants that can also be found in green tea, red grapes, pomegranate & peanuts. But… you may ask why not enjoy them from a glass of wine?
- Alcohol has a depressant effect on the nervous system… (alternative to being a stimulant). Any effect on the nervous system causes disruptions in sleep. Sleep is the time during which fat burning occurs, as well as hormone regulation—hormones that control our appetite that is. Being 42 years of age, hormone regulation is very important. Many people relax with a glass of wine and eventually become reliant on it as a sleep aid. My advice would be—if you think it may be causing a plateau in your weight loss: eliminate it for 2 weeks. Give your body a chance to adjust, see how you feel.
- ***Probably THE one I talk about the most*** Drinking alcohol slows down the fat-burning process that takes place, because the liver is busy metabolizing the alcohol rather than metabolizing the fat and carbohydrates.
- Alcohol stimulates our appetite. On a normal basis you may not have reached for those crackers and cheese, or those chips, or eat a second dinner after a pretty filling first dinner.
- 1 bottle of wine has about 700 calories. This could very well be your downfall when you are trying to shed some pounds.
Sometimes the wine is the least of your problems—reevaluate your entire diet. Here it will be more apparent what is really causing a plateau in your fitness goals and getting rid of that excess belly fat.
“Asma and I have been working together for almost 4 years. Since then I have lost over 40 pounds and have increased my overall fitness immeasurably. Asma has always known how to keep me motivated – challenging me with exercises and coaching me on proper nutrition.” – Carol, 56
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