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How does alcohol cause weight gain

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 04, 2011
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  • Alcohol can be the reason for weight gain.
  • A five-ounce glass of wine has around 150 calories.
  • A 1.5-ounce shot of vodka has 80-130 calories.
  • 12 ounces of light beer can add 100-150 calories.

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It is a difficult day at work and you unwind it with a couple of beers. Does it make you more likely to gain weight? How does alcohol affect weight? Your food choices have a certain role on your weight. It is another food choice. So does alcohol. If you are trying to take control of your weight, you have to be very careful with alcohol consumption.

 

weight gain causes

 

Drinking more than two drinks a day can quite add to the other factors to increase your odds of gaining weight. Likewise, the odds will see a decrease if you drink less frequently and consume less than two drinks.

 

Alcohol and calories

A glass or two of wine a day is not bad, but you need to watch if it is a coloured drink. There are a plenty of calories in as it is contains various mixers and sugar.

  • A five-ounce glass of wine has around 150 calories.
  • A 1.5-ounce shot of vodka has 80-130 calories.
  • 12 ounces of light beer can add 100-150 calories.


Alcoholic beverages are not diet drinks after all! Be careful and keep your weight under control.

 

The bottom line

Several studies have tried to look at the association between alcohol and oxidation of lipids (fat). Most of them suggest that consuming alcohol temporarily inhibits the oxidation of lipids (fat) in the body. You’re adding calories and not even burning what you already have.

If you must drink, you should restrict yourself two drinks of hard liquor beverage or 2 pints of beer. Moderate consumption of alcohol doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle to increase your weight. If you are not sure of your ‘moderate level’ and seeing waistline increase, the best approach will be abstinence. If you quit, taking control of weight become easier.

 

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    I am a regular drinker and from past few months have noticed that I have gained too much weight. I was actually looking out for the reasons as I am a exercise freak, follow a balanced diet, use stairs in the office instead of elevators, but then why! Today, after reading this article, I found out the cause of my weight gain. I will have to quit drinking.
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    Very informative article about the relation between alcohol and weight gain.
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    Alcohol can really mess with one's weight, good that this issue has been addressed here!
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