Welcome to Day 30 of your 30 day Paleo Challenge. Today February 2nd you will record your points from 2/1/16 by Midnight. (As a reminder I will not except posts after Midnight)
There are so many women in my life, current clients, past clients, friends, and acquaintances that struggle with weight loss - but they won't give up their alcohol. I have posted this before and it is worth reading.
Can you have your wine and see results too?
I doubt it’s a big surprise that avoiding chronic alcohol use is best for a lean body composition, but do you know why? It’s not just the added calories (alcohol offers seven calories per gram compared to carbs and protein, which contain four each). Alcohol affects metabolism because when you drink it, and your body puts all other metabolic processes on hold until it has processed the alcohol. Your body can’t convert the calories from the alcohol to fat, meaning it needs to use them up, and will delay all other fat burning and energy use until the alcohol has been processed.
Drinking alcohol affects your hormones as well, increasing cortisol and modifying steroid metabolism in the liver. This results in lower androgens for both sexes. Women with higher levels of androgens and men with lower levels are equally at risk for belly fat gain, and for men, lower androgens mean less testosterone.